Considering God’s Creation

picture-2Today is Earth Day…a day to rejoice in the glorious creation that God has bestowed unto our care! Why should I, as a Christian, be concerned with creation care?

“God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” – Martin Luther

As Romans 1:20 says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for knowing God.”

Isn’t that a beautiful reminder that God’s truth is communicated as we observe His glorious creation? He uses His creation to draw people out of darkness and into His marvelous light as they see His beauty displayed in His landscape. Should we not together actively seek to preserve the beauty of His creation by good stewardship? Together we can join hands and make a difference by careful decision making in our every day life.

Martin Luther continues, “Now if I believe in God’s Son and remember that He became man, all creatures will appear a hundred times more beautiful to me than before. Then I will properly appreciate the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, apples, as I reflect that He is Lord over all things.”

He indeed is Lord over all creation! Being concerned about His creation, the environment, is one simple way of offering up worship to our King! He entrusted this earth to man’s care from the beginning of time…let us seek together to care, grow and nurture it as He intended.

What practical ways can you take part in being a good steward?

It starts with a change of heart. It starts with a vision of good stewardship and a desire not to increase waste and trash. It proceeds then with creatively seeking to reuse, recycle and simplify! Changing our mindset leads to a simpler and more enjoyable life.

Take the quiz! To help consumers further separate fact from fiction this Earth Day, Cotton Incorporated has created an interactive quiz, “Do You Know Green?” on its website. Although I could do without the ladies and silly prices, I found this quiz helpful in increasing my green knowledge.

10 Ways to Go Paperless – by Eco Child’s Play – Get ride of junk mail and utilize the library are two tips from this list!

40 Ways to Go Greener at Home – by Simple Mom – A great cumulative list! I love the idea of always checking craigslist and freecycle before buying anything new! It works! You would be amazed at what kind of items you can find on there.

Creative Repurposing – by Keeper of the Home – how can you creatively seek to reuse items that you would normally throw out? This is one simple way to decrease waste and save money. Check out Stephanie’s new e-book while you are at it!

Kitchen Energy Saving Tips
The Value of Houseplants

Check out more in my Green Living archives!

My Favorite Green Reads

Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home by Renee Loux – This is the best resource I have found with tons of information connecting you to the most natural options for your home. Highly recommend!

Simplify by Paul Borthwick- practical step by step suggestions to simplify your life from a Christian perspective. I love when the focus of the challenge comes from the Word of God in order that our lives may be used further for His glory.

The Green Kitchen Handbook by Annie Berthold-Bond – a great kitchen resource for simplifying and organizing your kitchen to become a healthy place.

Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan – a wealth of simple household recipes with products you have on hand to make your home clean, green, and safe for your family. Love this book for all it’s housecleaning tips and recipes!

“Let him who possesses a field, so partake of its yearly fruits, that he may not suffer the ground to be injured by negligence; but let him endeavor to hand it down to posterity as he received it, or even better cultivated. Let him so feed on its fruits, that he neither dissipates it by luxury, nor permits it to be marred or ruined by neglect…Let every one regard himself as the steward of God in all things which he possesses.” – John Calvin

How can you seek to be a good steward today? What tips do you have to share in changing your mindset and lifestyle to be a better steward?

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

7 Responses to Considering God’s Creation

  1. Jessica B. April 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Hello. I just stumbled upon your website and I am glad I did. Thanks for writing.

  2. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home April 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Amen! :)

    I think one of the greatest things that I have been learning in my journey towards better stewardship and greater simplicity is that we really don’t “need” so many of the things that we think we do. There is actually joy and peace in having less! Always growing up with the idea of more being better, I have found such release in this simple concept!

    I love Clean House, Clean Planet, and The Green Kitchen Handbook as well. The Simplify book sounds really interesting- thanks! And love that Calvin quote at the end. Good stuff!

  3. Yancy Wilkenfeldt April 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Lindsay, thank you so very much for posting such a positive, uplifting resource for Earth Day! I have several “green family blogs” that I follow, but have been thoroughly dismayed recently by their cynicism and complaints about going green. This is the first post I have read today that both offered more information, AND a happy, hopeful, reaffirming attitude.

    Thank you so much for making me smile on Earth Day!

  4. clbeyer April 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    My favorite Earth Day post today! Such a well-balanced post that gives all the glory to God. I can’t wait to check out the resources you’ve listed.

    Thank you for your beautiful blog.

  5. Jenney April 22, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    Great post. We enjoyed celebrating God’s creation today too.

  6. Erin April 22, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks Lindsay! Christians, above all people, should be good stewards of the Earth. Not because we can “save” the planet (it will be destroyed at His appointed time), but as a sign of honor and respect for the stewardship He has given us over His creation. What a poor testimony to be mindfully destroying what He has blessed us with! Our family is trying to do all we can (without becoming obsessed with the pursuit) to protect and glorify God in our use of this planet and its resources.

    A few tips: Think… How can I reuse this item or get more use out of it???
    -Use bread bags, produce bags, newspaper sleeves as doggy clean-up or diaper disposal bags.
    -Recycle otherwise un-recyclable plastic caps through Aveda’s program (http://aveda.aveda.com/aboutaveda/caps.asp).
    -Save those glass jars and plastic containers pre-packaged food comes in to fill with a meal to share with a new mom or someone’s who ill. No need for them to return the containers to you!
    -Live in a village or urban area? Bike or walk to run your local errands if they are within a few miles of home. Burn some calories too!
    -Feed your pets high quality food and regularly exercise them to cut down on costly trips to the veterinarian by keeping them in good health.

  7. Anna April 22, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    It should be Earth Year!!

    My brother is getting married this August and he and his soon to be wife will be doing a Green Wedding. I’m not sure how they are pulling it off yet, but I will let you all know and share some ideas with you after the celebration! Enjoy your Earth Day!