Diamonds winked up at me from their deep velvet displays. Gold, silver, rose gold; princess-cut, pear-shaped and halo settings. He slipped ring after ring onto my finger, searching for the perfect one.
In the end, he had it custom made. We chose three styles we loved, and I asked him to surprise me. He chose his favorite design, but turned it into a stunning ensemble of rose gold encrusted with diamonds.
When he knelt down on one knee, on a balcony twined with soft Christmas lights, I felt like a starlet. I held out my hand and he slipped the most beautiful work of art I’d ever seen onto my finger. It’s my prized possession.
Do you have a prized possession?
Something you love so much, you have to take special care with it?
Has it ever crossed your mind to see the earth this way?
To be honest, I’ve never connected with the idea of caring for the earth.
I mean, I’ve never been particularly harmful to it, either. Sure, I take my car on road trips, which adds to emissions building up in the atmosphere, and I try to recycle, but I sometimes forget…I’ve had other things on my mind. You know, things like the greatest commandment. (Well, maybe more like school, work and relationships.)
Here’s my struggle: The Bible tells us that this world is not our home; we’re just passing through (Hebrews 11). Jesus also said that the most important thing in life is to love God with all our hearts, which by definition includes loving others (Matthew 22, 1 John 4:20). So how does caring for the earth fit into my list of priorities?
It would never cross my mind to stop caring for the ring sparkling on my finger. I want it to look just as beautiful in 50 years as it does today. I want to treasure this custom-made piece of art, stare at it and enjoy it—not just because it’s beautiful, but because of the one who gave it to me.
This world was a custom-made gift, a piece of art, handcrafted by the one who gave His life for us. He created it to be our home while we’re living in these bodies. No, it’s not our forever home. Yes, there will be new heavens and a new earth when everything is made right (Revelations 21:1). But in the meantime, this world is a gift to us, or perhaps you could say on loan to us, since technically it’s still God’s (Genesis 1:26-31, Psalm 24:1), and God calls us to be good stewards when He entrusts us with something (Matthew 25:14-30).
So what does it mean to be a good steward of this earth-home? Here are some ideas I’ve been considering lately:
- Take care of it. Recycle. Carpool. Help clean areas covered in trash. Compost.
- Raise awareness. Talk about why it’s important to care for the earth.
- Enjoy it. Take the time to notice its beauty, and let its beauty show you God’s glory (Psalm 19:1-6).
In what other ways can we care for the earth? Comment below!