We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And we should never take it for granted.
Recently, people all across the world observed Earth Day. For me, Earth Day is a reminder for us to count our blessings when it comes to God’s creation, and to take care of what we have. Yes, there is a theology of creation, and it goes back to the first book in the Bible. Genesis tells the story of God creating the world and everything in it, including humanity. In the beauty and bounty of the earth, we are provided enrichment, pleasure and joy, as well as sustenance.
God’s creation is also a source of nurturing our souls spiritually. So often, it is in nature that we experience God, maybe more than any other place. Whether it is looking up to these mountains or standing at the top looking out, there is always that sense of awe and wonder for me. I think I
got that from my grandfather. Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the farm with my grandparents, roaming the mountains and forests, fishing the streams and lakes, and just spending time outside.
Even to this day, I find myself wondering how anyone could so casually, thoughtlessly toss out their trash along the roadside or down a creek bank. I think it is the most selfish thing a person can do to litter. Is that how God wants us to “take care” of his creation?
Of course not! Indeed, hasn’t God made us “stewards” of his creation? That simply means
God has given us the responsibility to take care of what God has made—not by exploiting our natural resources, as we see so often; not to misuse and pollute; not to over harvest and destroy out of greed; but rather to manage and cultivate and see that these resources are here for years to come for the enjoyment and use of those who come after us. That is how God intended it to be!
And, you know what? God expects the same for our church. We are “stewards” of all that God is doing here in and through our church. That means all of us. Why? Because it is in our participation, our prayers and gifts and service, that we work together to build up and grow the life and ministry of Brevard First UMC. In other words, God has given us that same responsibility to be the “stewards” of this Body of Christ.
So, whether it is our natural resources or our church, you and I are called, tasked and even challenged to “do our part.” It is what our loving and giving God expects…even as God continues to bless and keep us.
In the love of Christ,