surely my christian friends would laugh at me. surely compared to the need to show God's love and grace to others this is miniscule in comparision. so i rarely talk about it .... rarely discuss what sits heavy on my heart: God gave us this world to use, love and be wise stewards of .... and, quite frankly, we've screwed it up. this time away taught me that i should no longer be quiet about it.
we have a mandate now more than ever to care for the Creation that God has entrusted to us. i want my kids to enjoy fresh, non GM food and to live an abundant life .... and to know our Saviors love through that. so for me, being a wise steward (trying ... not perfect, but trying!), and teaching my kids how to cherish God's world will only make them fall in love with the Creator more ... and want to share His amazing Love with others.
i learned a term this weekend ... Evangelical Environmentalism. it is the new term for those believers who take seriously our stewardship of this world. now this course was certainly not about faith or about religion! but i saw the core principles of permaculture and said .... man! those are straight from the bible! they are using God's mandate to love others, care for others, live in community and be wise stewards .... all which can be scripturally supported.
i am forced to reflect on so much. i have wanted to live today better than yesterday and hope for tomorrow more than i have today. i think of two things from the weekend that have been profound for me.
-- life happens! it is the way that God designed it. i see this in the area that our chickens are scratching away at ... the left overs i feed them and the borlotti beans and cherry tomato's that can't help but spring up!
-- we have all been made in the image of our Grand Designer. He has given us the ability to design and reclaim this world in the way He intended it to be.
reflection ..... 5 July 2011
so ... i've been doing this blog for over 3 months now .... is my heart still passionate about our role in God's redemption of Creation? of what he has called us too? for me, and more importantly, for our family .... that answer is a resounding YES.
each day we are learning a little bit more about the small and big things we can do to honour our Lord by understanding how He created this planet, the systems that are the best for growing things and providing for our family. what does that mean? well, truthfully .... it means heaps of fun! we are learning about cool things in our garden .... mushrooms, aquaponics ... how to grow stuff with less effort and more reward -- and regenerating and making good soil to boot! understanding that we don't have to have things brand spankin' new .... but that recycling and reusing is actually MUCH MORE REWARDING! and ... learning about our friends and neighbors .... living in community more.
so yes ... we are continuing to move towards a creation care mentality .... and with each step we take, we are more committed to it and this call that God has placed on our hearts. will you join us?
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.