Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle {With a Twist} for Earth Day

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.

I'm not here to discuss the philosophies, celebrations, and revelries of the Earth Day proponents. I'm all for taking care of the creation as long as we acknowledge and worship the Creator.

The mantra to reduce, reuse, and recycle used to bother me because it seems to give humans complete power over Creation. As if God had stepped back or disappeared completely and we were on the fast track to ruining his divine creation.

But then I realized that I could find faith and the Bible just about anywhere, like when I look at a telephone pole and see a cross, the emblem of suffering and shame.

So, this Earth Day, and every day, I want to encourage you to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Reduce...your attachment to and your involvement with the world and its entanglements, including time commitments that draw you away from God and family relationships. Children’s activities, adult activities, television and movies, music, choice of friends, options at work. The list is endless. The question is simple. Does it grow your relationship with God? “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” {Romans 12:2}

Reuse...your Bible. Read it every day. Don’t let it get dusty. Meditate on its truths every day. Memorize, even just the next word of the verse you’re working on, every day. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” {2 Timothy 3:16-17}

Recycle...God's love for you. Turn it into love that you show to others. Your husband. Your children. Your parents. The new family at church. The cashier at the grocery store. The telemarketer who calls in the evening. {Yes, even him. J} “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” {John 13:34}

Why not begin your earth day with Genesis 1, the account of creation? Then go plant that tree, and while you’re down on your knees, tamping down the earth, pray for the spiritual health of your family. Finally, put your recyclables out at the curb, and then tell the trash truck driver what a wonderful job he does.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” ~ Psalm 24:1

Do you reduce, reuse, and recycle?

{This post has been updated from a post that originally appeared on this blog on April 17, 2013.}

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  1. I love your take on Earth Day - refreshing.

  2. Oh what a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day with a spiritual take! I do care about the earth but I'm like you, I don't like the humanistic idea of we are in complete control, because we aren't. We are to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with but we must remember who is in ultimate control!!!

  3. I love this idea! Such a beautiful way reduce, reuse and recycle. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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