Creation Care devotion for Minutes Matter
Creation Care is a term not often used in Christian circles but one that fuels my own life. It’s caring and respecting the Earth because God made it and gave it to us. Let’s delve right into some verses about creation.
Colossians 1:16 17 NIV (my emphasis)
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Creation was created FOR Jesus. By Jesus, for Jesus. To me, this is super powerful. This makes me respect our small blue planet and its people a lot more.
Genesis 20:15 NIV (my emphasis)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
God gave Adam and Eve Eden to take care of. I know i’m inferring here but i also think that the rest of the Earth is ours to take care of it.
Romans 1:20 NIV (my emphasis)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
We can see God through his creation. Those who aren’t introduced to God by people are without excuse because His might and awe are obvious through His creation. If we disrespect this awesome mirror of God that is His creation, we disrespect Him, in my opinion.
Psalms 147:4 (NIV)
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
And how cool is it to think about God creating the great expanse of the universe, remembering and knowing each and every star so well. Space is totally something else that points to God for me, creation beyond Earth itself.
I’ve got to be honest that I’m often a bit squeamish to talk to people about creation care, to be the spokes lady for Jesus about the universe and Earth He made. It’s my life passion for sure, but I never feel qualified to be His hands and feet in this way. I also think that most Christians are uncomfortable at the intersection of faith and science but it’s not a scary place. God created all of us and gave us big brains to research and understand through science. Let me also make it clear that people who care about the Earth do not also worship the Earth (necessarily). God gave us this world to life in and we should be a good steward of its resources and bounty, respect what He made and care for our home, but not worship it.
So a bit about me (and why God really has qualified me): I’ve been married to a great guy for 15 years and we have a sweet six year old boy. We live in Broadview Heights and go to CVC. I went to Mount Union and earned a Biology and English double major. I’ve worked in stream restoration and now higher ed sustainability as well as do some freelance writing about caring for our environment and eco-parenting. (You can find my portfolio on Contenty.com). I’m on the board of a watershed group in this area. We live in a solar house (see how much energy we produce here!), compost and I drive a hybrid car. We used cloth diapers and are militant recyclers. So I know this stuff really well despite being a bit shy.
My convictions lead me to care strongly about how we treat the Earth: the waste we produce, the resources we use, the pollution we create, where the food we eat comes from, the energy we consume (and how it’s made!) and so forth. You can too the same with just a few, small changes.
How To Care for Creation: A Few Ideas to Get Your Family Started
Cut down your waste –
There is a finite amount of resources on Earth and creating new products uses more resources than recycling or reusing. Landfills are also limited and create carbon monoxide, a stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Join me in being a militant recycler (but know how to do it right and don’t be a “wish-cycler!). Cut your single use plastic usage such as straws, baggies, shopping bags and water bottles. Use rags instead of paper towels and cloth napkins instead of paper. I have a twice monthly “rags and rugs” washer load and cloth napkins don’t take up much room in with the towels.
Eat local –
Check out your local farmer’s market or join a community supported agriculture program (CSA). Search for these near you at LocalHarvest.org. The food you procure this way will be produced or grown locally, cutting down on transportation costs such as fuel, packaging and refrigeration. Locally produced food will be ripe when picked instead of green and will taste way better. Plus supporting local farmers is better for the economy here instead of far away places. And don’t forget your reusable bags!
Drive less –
Can you walk to the playdate? The park? What about taking your bike to church or even work once and awhile? Have you tried our RTA? Just trying to keep your errands in the same trip is a good idea too. Using less fuel cuts down on the need to mine for petrol, a finite resource, that causes pollution through extraction. Driving fewer miles makes your car last longer and reduces air pollution too!
Consider other purchases –
Josie and I just had a conversation about toilet paper of all things. At our house, we use recycled toilet paper – it’s made from recycled paper instead of virgin trees that most TP is produced from. I mean do we really need to cut down trees to wipe our butts? I think we can do better than that!
And so think about what you’re buying and if it can have less packaging. Amazon often has “frustration free packaging” and bulk bins at the grocery allow you to bring your own containers instead of single use plastic (note: this does not exist in the grocery stores I’ve been to in my direct vicinity, unfortunately.)
And when you’re making these small changes, talk to the people in your house about why you’re doing them. Ask them where you, as family, can do better. Kids really get this stuff and have great ideas too!
This entire blog could be devoted to more and more ways to care for creation. These are just the tip of the iceberg, just a few suggestions, by no means at all an exhaustive list. But does anything on this list give your heart a little tug? Consider how these actions, these small changes, can impact your family and how we care for the Earth. What else do you do that’s kind to the Earth? What else should I talk about on this platform?
Also check out two great groups working on creation care:
Evangelical Environmental Network
Care of Creation
They both have lots of resources and topics to explore on their websites.