We humans were given a great gift from God when he gave us dominion over the earth and all living things in it. He made us in his image and therefore he expects us to live our lives as He would desire, yet He gave us free will so that the decisions we make were ours to decide. And though we often forget in today's anything goes society, we reap what we sow. Be our decisions good ones or bad, we are personally responsible for what results from our decisions.
Looking at the world around me, I am sometimes saddened by what I see. Cities, once bustling and proud are now a shell of themselves with boarded up stores, graffiti everwhere, and streets crumbling and becoming unusable. And instead of renovating and repairing them to a purposeful end, we continue sprawl into suburban "cities" which over time befall the same fate. Sometimes I think it won't end until the entire fruited plain is covered by asphalt or concrete and steel as well as decay where once beauty was present.
But its even more tragic than that, for we turn portions of the earth that have very important ecological purposes, areas like swamps and marshes into new urban projects, all which sooner or later will flood or cause major degradation of our most precious need from the earth, clean water. Now I am no tree hugger, but I know that wetlands serve an important purpose, and to build upon them with dense population creates a disaster waiting to happen, but man continues to think that he is much more powerful and smarter than God. But then the hurricane or flood hits and we expect a saving miracle when, in fact, God's natural creation is just showing who is boss.
America, let's live up to God's request and be good stewards of the earth. After all, we really don't own it, we merely borrow space for the short time that we are here. And we are tasked with using his gifts, things like the trees and the waters and the abundant and beautiful wildlife in a responsible manner. I'm sure he sheds a tear when he sees greed overcoming common sense in so many places. Why not use a little common sense with the help of the Holy Spirit instead?
Enjoy the earth but use it carefully, after all when we run out of land it's gone and when we run out of water we die. Remember this and live accordingly.
Dear Lord, Thank you for your abundant natural gifts and help us to always exercise our dominion over the earth and all living things in they way you intended. Let us enjoy it and savor its beauty while protecting it for those who will come after us. In Christ's name we ask, Amen.