I have no idea why I’m writing an Earth Day post. It’s not likely that this will be the first one you will read, if you spend any time at all in the blogosphere. But over the past year I’ve been taking more intentional steps to take better care of our home.
I’ve already mentioned our garden a few times. It’s been growing, especially the cucumber and tomato plant (which is already about 1/3 to half it’s full size).
I wish I could show you pictures, but that’s what I get for having supervised-visitation only with my plants (I joke that I feel like I don’t have custody of them as I haven’t yet moved in with Jen).
You’ll just have to picture growing plants (except for the mint which I apparently killed by burying the seeds WAY too deep).
Another thing that I’ve finally gotten good about it using reusuable shopping bags. I’ve only gotten a few eye rolls from cashiers (that used to be me, so I understand), but it’s worth it on many levels. I wish I could tell you my primary motivation for this is creation care, but that’s secondary. I really just hate having to mess with plastic bags.
I’ve also been working on water usage. Still haven’t figured out how to help with the garden water, but I have figured out that I don’t need to run the shower while I’m shaving my legs. Saves gallons of water, especially when it’s been a while since the last time I shaved (I apologize for any men reading this!).
I’m not trying these things because being green is in. I’m doing them because I believe that as a Christian I’m called to be a good steward of everything God has given me, not just my time and money. And that includes this beautiful planet God has given us for a home.
I’ve still have got a lot to learn. That’s why I’m excited to read Green Like God which I just ordered from Amazon. I heard about it on Carol’s blog, got excited about it, and then realized I knew who the author was, as he was a student at Southeastern when I was.
Even a global warming skeptic like me can take steps to take care of the Earth.
Have any more suggestions?
Photo by cygnus921