Bethany Hess        Network 21 Missions
 
The other day Lukus and I were walking along the beach. It was beautiful! The white sand and the multi blue ocean coming up to visit it. The weather was perfect, and the view was incredible!
We continued further along the coast than usual, and came upon a new beach, one that is a bit less trafficked. Sadly, the beauty of the beach was disrupted by the trash strewn all about.

I wanted to take a photo of the cleaned up beach as well as the disrupted beach…creating an ad that read, “ Stop destroying the potential! Pick up your trash!”
(Don’t worry, I’m not planning to pick up advertising.)

I was thinking…………this entitlement to use the land as our dumping ground is just not Biblical, it is wrong.
God created this land and said that it was good. He created you and I and said that it was good.
He has given us the responsibility to be good stewards of our bodies, our family, and among other things, good stewards of this land.
Since when did we start (or continue) to push this issue to the “liberals” or “hippies”?
Where have we gone?
God has called us as believers, to a different way or standard of living.
Just to name a few…

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
We have to stop starving it of nutrition, stop feeding it with brainless entertainment.

Love your enemy----
Anyone can love the loveable. Only God and his people can truly love the unlovable…..whoever that might be for you----the rich, the poor, the irritating, the ignorant…whoever! God’s love is the only love that will not burn out!

Keep your family God-centered.
Once again, this is something God created, and He said that it was good. We cannot continue to break it a part. Or no longer consider it sacred.

Our money is God’s, not our own.
We must stop using it as our motivation or delight. We are to delight in the Lord!

Be a good environmental steward.

God created this land and said that it was good. It is our responsibility, not liberals or hippies(although their help is appreciated), to care about this land and the effects our dumping has on it. Do we want the beauty God has created to continue being tampered with because of our trash/ laziness/ comfort?
Come on! We have got to wake up!
We can no longer ignore our responsibility. We must be true to the Word of God. We must be examples of God’s idea of not only living, but being alive in this world!

America alone has created an island of plastic that continues to grow in the ocean. Is this because of our lack of information maybe, or apathy?
We are all in this together. Right now we are contributing to the well being/ health of the next generation(s).
We are not entitled to anything. Why do we live as though we are?
We must stop waiting for someone else or leaving it entirely to someone else.

This is not God-centered,

it is self-centered.

God,

please give us the grace to be true to Your Word…to care for all you have entrusted to us!

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Rodney
11/04/2009 12:18

Hey Bethany,

Just read your latest blog. I think you are on the right track. God put us here to be examples of his love and compassion. We get so caught up in the things that WE want, WE need etc. that we don't look around at the world around us and just look at our own selfish needs. I am so happy to see God working through you and Lukus, keep it up God bless you guys

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