When Beth Bond sent me her guest post, I knew immediately that I wanted to share it with all of you.
Beth is on the staff of Evangelical Environmental Network at CreationCare.org.
Their Declaration on the Care of Creation begins with the following:
“The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof- Psalm 24:1
As followers of Jesus Christ, committed to the full authority of the Scriptures, and aware of the ways we have degraded creation, we believe that biblical faith is essential to the solution of our ecological problems.
Because we worship and honor the Creator, we seek to cherish and care for the creation.”
I love this!
So, please welcome Beth and don’t forget to leave her a comment to say “hello” and visit her at EEN!
Easy Ways You Can Protect the Littlest of These
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)
When you and I read one of the most famous verse selections from the New Testament, our adult minds normally think of taking care of the poor. It is the apparent message of the verses. However, the beauty of Bible verses is there are often many meanings.
Recently, my mind has been thinking about the littlest of these, who also are unable to fend for themselves. As Moms, there is no doubt you worry about taking care of your children. It’s your job. It’s your passion! It’s the greatest gift of your life.
There is a tremendous amount of weight upon the modern Mom. You feel driven to be perfect and when you fail, which is frequently, you beat yourself up. It’s not your fault. The modern Mom faces a self-imposed perfect standard that society encourages.
Give yourself grace! No one can achieve the standards that society has inadvertently imposed.
With so many things to manage, it’s difficult to add even a single speck of additional concern to your long list. But what if that extra single piece of information could not only protect your children but everyone’s children?
The kids your kids play with. The kids at your kid’s school. The kids in your church’s Sunday School. Would you find room for that extra piece of info?
My prayer is that you will. What I need to share with you is so alarming that it might overwhelm you, but don’t let it. Instead assimilate and then find ways to act that don’t overwhelm you but become part of the solution.
Here’s the bad news.
Thirty percent of all children born in the United States now have one of the big four chronic childhood diseases: Asthma, Autism, Severe Allergies, or ADHD. It’s a shocking number and medical research has linked the cause to something we do every day. In fact, it’s linked to something we do multiple ways every day.
The big four “As” are linked to chemicals that are prevalent in our society. Many of them are linked to the usage of gasoline, natural gas and burning coal for electricity. Transforming these natural resources into usable energy is very chemical laden. Chemicals that are toxic and seeping into water supplies and in the very air we breathe each day.
There’s a reason why women are urged not to eat any fish now during pregnancy. It’s because of mercury, which is a heavy metal found in coal and coal extraction. Mercury has become so prevalent in modern society that it now pollutes the entire fish supply.
As Christian Moms, you have a special role to play.
You are called to practice your faith each and every day. You are called to be the salt and light here on earth. You reflect the love of Jesus into your children, your neighbors, friends and church members. You are also called to be disciples.
Being a disciple shows up in many different ways each day. Small simple ways, like an extra smile for the harried Mom across the parking lot. A simple thank you to the clerk everyone else ignores because they are too busy on their smartphones.
Your examples make a difference.
So, consider being an example in other ways. Showing respect for God’s creation is a way to show love towards God. I saw that in a tweet the other day and that resonates inside me so strongly. By caring for creation, we become an example to those around us.
What does caring for creation look like?
Offer to carpool with other Moms. Not only does everyone get a break, you also save gas.
Pick up litter while walking into the ballpark.
Start a recycling program at the ballpark. My sister did this and I was so proud of her. She didn’t wait for someone else to do it. She just did it.
Teach your children to turn off the lights when they leave the room.
Have all the mobile chargers plugged into one strip and when you leave the house unplugit. Chargers suck energy out of the wall even when not in use.
Get a programmable thermostat. Not only will it save you money, but depending on where you live you might get a rebate from your local utility.
There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to care for God’s gift of our beautiful little blue planet. If each act you took to care for creation became a mental hug or love note to God, how would that change your day?
How would that change your modeling Christ’s love to your children and your neighbors?
If you knew that using less gas, electricity and plastics could have an impact on healthier kids and reflect your love for God to others, would you be willing to change just a part of your life?
It seems so easy and it is.
Just like any other thing you do to create a better world for your kids and to show God’s love, it just takes discipline to make small changes to incorporate into your everyday life.
What’s your favorite way to take care of God’s creation and bless family and neighbors?
About Beth Bond
Beth Bond is Director of Women’s Ministries at the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN). Beth has been working to educate women about Caring for God’s creation for several years now and is honored to serve in the capacity she holds with EEN. Serving the women of faith and helping them navigate the intersection of being a faithful servant to God and caring for creation, most particularly how that effects the health of children is truly the passion of Beth’s life. You can read other blog posts from Beth on creationcare.org. and EEN on Facebook. You can sign-up for a free Bible Study entitled Healthy Creation=Healthy Children at http://www.creationcare.org/een_moms.
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