It is by far my least favorite word that she is able to say. A diaper—“Mine.” A shirt—“Mine.” Daddy’s really important morning cup of coffee—“Mine.” I love the kid, but c’mon! It’s time for a new word.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)
I believe that our care or lack of care for the Earth stems from a misconception that this place is ours. Yet scripture makes it quite clear that the Earth is not mine. It belongs to the One who made it. But we have been given the opportunity and the responsibility to care for it. In fact, the second command recorded in the Bible is that we are to work and to care for this planet that God so lovingly created (Genesis 2:15).
We have an infinite number of options for living out God’s command. Yet instead of trying to sort through them all, I prefer to ask myself a simple question: How do I expect others to care for my most important things? If we can answer this question, then we will know how to care for the Earth.
JOURNAL: How would you answer Nathan’s question? How will you transform your expectations into actions that fulfill your call to care for the Earth?