Quote from Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.”
Today I spent a good deal of the morning going through my Uncle’s copious amounts of junk mail and trying to get him off a multitude of mailing lists. It took a couple of hours, but if it helps to save a few trees (maybe a forest considering the pile of mail there was) it will be worth it. Sometimes we think – what can my little bit do – but think of it – if we each do one thing a month to ‘save the earth’ then that is twelve things we have done in a year. And we can touch so much of the earth this way and it generally helps us too – budget wise or in some other way.
Last month I worked on turning off electrical gadgets (lights or radios or computers) when not in use – saving us money and the world some energy. This month I am working on cutting down on junk mail – saving trees and my time and the post offices time. Next month I might find a way to bike or walk instead of drive- making me a healthier person too. Little by little we change our ways of doing things and we can make a difference – especially if we get others to join us. Imagine if you got nine other people to join you? Then, in a year, that is 120 things that will be done to save the planet!!
And then as we get better at planning our lives to save the earth and helping teach our children those values perhaps we will find bigger ways to help out. It might be as simple as joining the Nature Conservancy, or becoming an advocate for ecological legislation, or…the possibilities are endless. There are books at the library – “50 Things you can do to Save The Planet” – or websites – check out
The Lorax Project ((http://www.seussville.com/loraxproject/) or
– ‘Roots and Shoots’ (http://www.rootsandshoots.org/) , an environmental youth group started by Dr. Jane Goodall –
– World Council of Churches – http://www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/justice-diakonia-and-responsibility-for-creation/eco-justice.html
– United Methodist Church – http://archives.umc.org/interior_print.asp?ptid=4&mid=962.
that will help you to get started. We just have to begin somewhere…
Since I started this blog “Walkthroughthepark’ I have been thinking and praying about what larger things I can do (besides a blog): First at the church I pastor, Silverbrook United Methodist Church and Retreat Center (http://silverbrook-umc.org/), are doing a sermon series on Creation from August until the BIG EVENT – Living Water Jubilee day of environmentalism and mission on Sept. 15th, and then I think I will do a sermon series in the fall about “Living Simply, so others can simply live” – it will help us de-materialize our lives – save us money, help us have more time for others and for God, and save the planet. Win – win – win –
How will you begin?