Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker – Week 6


Another stellar week!  I am all for composting and recycling and buying green and organic gardening.  I don’t consider myself to be a “tree-hugger” but I believe that we as Christians should practice good stewardship of the planet God entrusted to our care.  I also recognize that I cannot “save” the planet because Scripture says this heaven and earth will pass away.

I get frustrated with trying to live waste-free because it requires so much research to do so.  It’s a lot of work to live this way, requiring time I don’t have because I work full-time, am a wife and mom and member of/leader in the church.  I’m not trying to make excuses.  I don’t eat fast food every night and load my garbage cans with Styrofoam packages.  I do recycle cans and paper and I compost a little bit (but not all of my organic waste).  I am a gardener, as well.  In fact, my husband and I planted berries this weekend (and a couple gardenias because I like them).  We have plans to build three beds in our backyard for tomatoes, peppers and other edibles in the next couple of weeks.

But how does this translate to spirituality?  What sort of battle plan can we come up with regarding waste?  We’ve talked a lot about proper stewardship of resources that God has loaned us.  What is proper stewardship?  We need to be thinking with the mind of Christ rather than the mind of men in order to exercise proper stewardship.  OK, this is a stretch, but here’s Step five in the battle plan – Pray – daily – about everything… every decision, every opportunity, every situation.  Pray daily for the filling of the Holy Spirit so you’ll be ready for everything you encounter each day.  This is going to take some time to develop as a habit.  Maybe you need to create a daily appointment reminder in your cell phone or tablet or appointment book until it is a habit.

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