Posted by: JennyRain | May 26, 2007

Recycling Life

They are living on the garbage of my abundance.

In January I began recycling. I am ashamed to say before January it did not matter whether or not I salvaged a crooked can or a pesky plastic bottle. Everything went into my wastebasket never to be seen again. Well, never to be seen again – by me – and that is what matters, right? 

Then in January I felt a strong urge to begin recycling. The more I recycled, the more environmentally aware I became. Forgotten plastic bottles that dribbled down the highway flagged my attention. Un-recycled paper and aluminum can trails created by construction trucks began to evoke my ire. I noticed that we are creating more waste than we can manage. We are leaving a legacy of garbage for our children to live in.

There is no active recycling program in Greensboro, GA.

I was distressed to learn that there is no active recycling program in Greensboro. No can and container pick up. No educational program. No push to restore our environment. If you have cans and bottles it is up to you to take care of them. Our local government does nothing but make it simple for the trash to pile up. So most people do very little about recycling because it is too difficult to pursue.

For every can we do not recycle and every bottle we ignore we are creating a dump for others in our world to deal with. Those others? Usually the poor, the underprivileged, and the next generation. We have created floating barges of waste on the Atlantic and Pacific because there is no more land to hold our refuse.

Entire cities are building up around our trash. We have created waste for them to live and die on. Our garbage causes diseases and infections but because it is not in our back-yard anymore, we can ignore it.


John 3:16, in the original Greek language says, For God so loved the Kosmos, that He gave His one and only Son…

That word Kosmos means “the world, the universe, the circle of the earth, world affairs, the heavenly hosts, the inhabitants of the earth.” A redeemed world includes the earth but because “tree hugging” has become so attached to the liberal left, Christian America is denying the existence of this very important creation command to take care of the earth.

Jesus Christ is in the business of redeeming all that we see! He created the earth and said “It is good” then he created humankind and said “It is very good!”

We are leaving a legacy of trash for our children to inherit.

In twenty years our kids will still be swallowing the garbage we are creating today. 

I have found myself in a place where I can no longer ignore the issue of care for our amazing creation. This has become such a pressing unction in my heart that I cried through Happy Feet last night when I realized that Hollywood was sending a scathing message to viewers about the importance of caring for the earth. 

Why is this message coming from Hollywood and not from our Churches?! Our church leaders are saying very little about this issue so the congregations are content doing very little. Is it any surprise that the Kingdom of God seems to be shifting to involve Hollywood? Hollywood is the only industry listening.

Participating in the Kingdom of God

As Christians, there are things we can and hopefully will do in response to God’s amazing faithfulness in creating a gorgeous earth. There is a way we can participate in stewardship of our earth and teach some very valuable lessons to the next generation: 

  • We can recycle aluminum, plastic, and paper.
  • We can say “No!” to the higher gas prices by becoming a nation that embraces fuel-efficient cars. We are one of the only nations that has not placed limits and boundaries on car manufacturers for producing fuel-conscious cars. (God willing, when I can afford a car payment again, I will buy a smarter car)
  • We can conserve water. Do we really need to take two showers a day, or leave the water running when we brush our teeth?
  • And we, as Christians, can begin talking about this issue. Awareness is half of the battle

Every day. Every drop of water, every bit of energy, every piece of paper, and every bottle we choose to reuse helps us to become regenerators of our earth. Every step that we take offers praise to God for His beautiful creation.

We can all do something today.  

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

All wrting copyrighted by author 5.26.2007 (c)

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