It’s important for a few reasons. It’s our home and I don’t know about you but I think it’d be pretty great if it were still a thriving place for my grandchildren to live.
But more than that, it’s important because the Lord made it and everything in it. All of creation was brought forth by the word of his mouth. That’s a big deal. And I think it’s important to care for the things God made. (Hint: He made you too! Take care of yourself!)
There’s a bigger reason though. It’s not so that the whales can survive longer, though that would be great. It’s not so that we can feel really great about ourselves because we recycle all of the things and gather rain water and don’t flush the toilet if we only pee! It’s not even so that we can continue to grow food and eat and survive.
No, the biggest reason we should care for the earth is because God told us to! Genesis 1:26 says,
Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every living thing that creeps on earth.’
Did you see that? Over all the earth!
I don’t know about you, but that’s kind of a big deal to me. Especially when we look around and see the state of the earth and realize we haven’t done a very good job at all!
There are so many little ways we can begin to care for the earth God made. Sure, it might be too late to repair all of the damage but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t begin to change!
It can be as simple as planting a small garden to grow with your kids, stopping just a few of the veggies you eat from being transported for miles and miles across the country.
It could be making your home a more reusable place by buying in bulk and packing lunches in small containers instead of baggies.
It could be knowing what’s in your face wash and no longer buying those ones with little micro-beads that end up in the ocean.
It could be saying no to trinkets and fast fashion and happy meal kids toys that just end up in the garbage within a few weeks or after the first wash.
And don’t even get me started on coffee makers that use those single shot little cup thingies! (You know where those all end up, right?!) Or the fact that a certain large store sells three boxes of crackers all inside of another box!!
There are so many ways we can be better at living out this privilege that God has given us. The list is truly endless.
I love this big, beautiful planet He’s given us! Let’s take care of it!
What are some ways your family cares for the earth? I’d love some more ideas for ours!! What am I missing?