Taking Care of the Earth and our Bodies


Earth black sky starsWith Earth Day coming up this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about stewardship and the responsibility to take care of this place well.

Genesis 2:15 tells us that,

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

How exactly should we take care of the Earth? Obviously, there are many, many possible answers to that question. In fact, I remember one of the books I so proudly bought with my own money in elementary school was “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth.”

(Sidenote: It only took me 10 minutes to find that title! I thought it was 101… considering I bought it let’s say twenty-some years ago, I’m sure we could come up with at least 101 ways by now!)

 

ladybug leafAnyway… Part of my bio line is “fitness enthusiast, teacher at heart, wife, mom, farmer’s daughter…striving to live a simple, somewhat eco-friendly life while loving God others.”

Earlier this month I was tweaking some of my social media profiles and I had to make some changes to reword this into a shorter number of characters, but I definitely wanted to keep the “simple, somewhat eco-friendly” part.

Both of those adjectives are comparatively speaking, of course. I know there are many, many more ways we can simplify our lives here, and several more ways we could be more eco-friendly (perhaps I should reread that book!) – but I do hold each of those ideals carefully and want our boys to understand the importance of both.

 

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Similarly, not only do I want them to know that we should be conscious of taking care of the Earth, but also taking care of our bodies.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — This Earth-suit is a house for the Holy Spirit. Very few would imagine walking into a sanctuary and scattering trash. Why do we not take just as good of care of our bodies as we do the buildings?

1 Corinthians 6:19:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

 

I realize Earth Day may pass by this week without another thought, but I’m hopeful that any time you…

pick up a piece of litter,

or turn off your unused lights,

or take the recycling out to the curb…

(don’t worry, I won’t go through all 50!) …

…I hope every moment of eco-friendliness is now connected with body-friendliness as well. We are stewards of this Earth – and everything in it – including our own bodies!

 

Hoping you have an awesome week and do something a little special to celebrate Earth Day. (Perhaps a meat-free meal… or a shorter shower… Hmm… now I’m beginning to see why Earth Day often is not celebrated!)

 

Live well – Love life!

 

Comment below: Thoughts on Earth Day? Do you recognize the day in any special way?