As you may know, I am a team writer for the Jelly Telly Site. I am a huge fan of what they do over there — sharing valuable articles, resources, and of course the best subscription service ever for kids to watch hundreds of faith-based shows and movies. (click HERE for my personal link–use CODE: THEGROMMOM to get the first week for free! :)) Anyways, this month Jelly Telly asked me to write about Earth Day from a Christian perspective.
I thought a few of you might relate to my (unnecessary) hesitation, and hope this post will offer your family some fresh ideas for celebrating Earth Day and appreciating God’s amazing creation every day.
Here’s the post–
April 22nd marks Earth Day, a day officially dedicated to an increased awareness of environmental issues.
Now, I have a confession to make: As a Christian, I have struggled with what I’m supposed to do with Earth Day.
You see, I am blown away by the beauty, mystery, and intricacies of this earth we live on. The more I learn about nature: plants and animals, forests and oceans, the more I stand in awe of God’s creative genius. This is why it bothers me to see those who focus on the environment, elevating it to a level of idolatry. So many people worship the creation without any regard for the Creator.
As a reaction to this, I’ve mostly approached Earth Day by, well– doing nothing. If I’m honest, I have mostly stayed out of the conversation.
Sure, I reduce, reuse, and recycle in my little corner of the world, and I teach my kids to do the same. But to say I’ve made the environment a high priority? That would be a lie.
But I know that I could do better. When I consider Genesis (1:28) where God assigns Adam and Eve with the responsibility of ruling over all creation, I realize that was a gift…a privilege. They were given the task of being stewards of this amazing place we call home. Not to abuse it and trash it, but to care for it out of love for the One who made it.
So indeed, we don’t have to choose between God or the environment. We can choose to worship God, and steward the Creation He has entrusted us with as an act of gratitude to Him.
1 Corinthians 10:26 “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
Finding a balance doesn’t have to be so hard. Keeping our eyes on God who has given us this wonderful earth, we can choose to care for it in a way that honors Him.
Here are a few ideas for how our families might honor God in our observance of Earth Day:
Find seven simple ways for your family to enjoy Earth Day on the JELLY TELLY blog here JELLY TELLY blog here.
Feel free to add your thoughts in my comments, here! 🙂
Have a great weekend!