Finding The Joy Within

We Are Called To Be Stewards Of The Earth

Am I really responsible for the entire Earth?  Isn’t that for people who have more power, more time and more resources?  This is a guest post from Andrea who offers a wonderful reminder of the importance of taking care of the Earth and that we are all called to be stewards of this gift we have been given.


I have always heard that things often happen for a reason in our lives – and this suspicion was confirmed recently when my son’s First Lego League team was tasked with finding a way to improve on our world. It went something like this:

What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?

“More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST® , you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.”

Finding The Joy Within has inspired me to make God a priority in my life – and for that I’m greatly thankful.

This First Lego League project asked me to look more closely at our world, and to examine the problems facing it today.

Once our team started researching issues facing our community, we couldn’t get past the air, water and waste pollutions which affect all of our lives, but frequently get overlooked.

“Nimby” comes to mind – “Not In My Back Yard,” meaning it’s easy to overlook the elephant in the room, if you’re pretending he doesn’t affect you!

We started to learn more about the things we have done to this world to decrease its habitability for future generations.  What can we do about this?

 What does it mean to be stewards of the Earth? 

 “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it” Deuteronomy 10:14

What does it mean to be stewards of the Earth? I think this means that God entrusted us with this perfect Earth – with the right ratios of resources to help us thrive and grow, and it’s our job to be thoughtful and loving caretakers – treating the Earth like a trusted loved one.

But do we look up enough to see how things are going?

Yes, there was a recent flurry of media coverage about the UN Climate Summit in NY, and students walking out on class to make a point to political leaders, but how often do we put our good intentions to practice every day?

How frequently do we get take out and not care about the plastic waste – and that it never really goes away.

How often do we use plastic bags over reusable ones?

Plastic is a super durable material – with 12% of it burned, and 20,000 plastic bottles bought per second!

Only about 9% of the plastic we use is actually recycled, leaving almost 80% of it to be buried in landfills or dumped in the sea.  Please check out this awesome book, What a Waste by Jess French.

Astounding really.

What can I do?

  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Don’t use plastic straws – carry your own stainless steel one, or use a paper one
  • Use your own reusable bag
  • Buy in bulk to reduce plastic use
  • Pick up 3 pieces of plastic or trash whenever you can – especially at beaches, as this gets into our oceans

Interestingly enough our First Lego League’s research is evolving in a different direction.

The team is focusing on finding an innovative way to reduce air pollution in Boston, especially for the most vulnerable neighborhoods located right off the Expressway.

But I think this project has helped me to face the elephant in the room with more clarity and humility, and to admit there really are things that I could be doing daily to help the future generations on this Earth.

It’s given me the desire to educate myself on how I can help be a much better steward and friend to Earth and the planet.

I would love for you to join me.

xo

Andrea

Thought to ponder:  In what way can I be a steward of the Earth and make an impact on my immediate community – my home, my neighborhood, my town?

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