by Darla Noble
God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Two young men were hiking along a wooded trail one afternoon. After eating a granola bar along the way, one of the boys took the last bite and tossed the wrapper into a pile of dead leaves. The other young man commented on his friend’s littering, took a few steps back, picked up the wrapper, shoved it in his backpack, and continued walking.
“It’s just one wrapper,” the young man whose wrapper it was, said. “One little piece of paper here and there won’t hurt. The field mice will use it to make a nest.”
“What if everyone thought that?” his friend replied.
Nothing more was said and the two enjoyed the rest of the day, but as they were driving back to their dorm, the young man who had picked up the wrapper took a little detour. He drove to a run-down neighborhood where the streets and yards were filled with litter.
“This is what everyone’s one piece of paper looks like,” he said, softly. Then he turned the corner and drove back to their dorm.
The earth and our environment are no different than a book, a tool, or an item of clothing. These things are on loan to us from God. He has asked us to care for them and treat them with the kind of TLC that he put in to creating them. So….
Pray: Father in heaven, thank You for nature and all the things it provides for us. I pray now that I will treat the earth with respect and appreciation. Help me never take its beauty for granted. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.