As Easy as 1, 2, 3

Sam Davidson

Going green can be confusing. With so many terms to understand (fair trade, shade-grown, all natural), how can we know if we’re eating, buying, and enjoying what is truly best in the eyes of God? To avoid information overload and to make sure we’re doing everything we can to take care of creation, we can remember these three choices:

1. Slow over Fast

Bike Ride at sunset FTR TS 93167366The world is obsessed with speed: fast cars, fast computers, fast food. But is fast better? Driving the speed limit is better for the planet because it increases fuel efficiency on the highway, which means we pollute less and save more on gas. Walking or riding a bike, rather than driving solo, also benefits the planet. A meal we cook, even if it takes time to prepare, not only tastes better but is better for us than food handed through a drive-through window. So the next time you’re tempted to go fast, take it easy, slow down, and help the earth.

2. Created over Manufactured

devozine Cooking for Dad TS 86506370Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve been manufacturing more stuff than we need. Though many things we buy are convenient, they’re polluting the planet. We can change this by choosing to enjoy things God has made. For example, instead of watching TV or running on a treadmill, we can go outside to enjoy nature or to jog. We can opt for a real face-to-face experience with our friends instead of messaging or texting. We can eat food that is grown (fruits and veggies) instead of food that’s made in a factory and sealed in a bag. By enjoying God’s creation, we draw nearer to God. We also cut down on our use of electricity.

3. Effort over Convenience

Read the first three chapters of Genesis. What were God’s hopes for the world? How did human beings move away from their God-given purpose?

All of nature fulfills its God-given purpose. At Creation, God commanded trees to grow and animals to be animals. You will never see a tree acting like a fish or a cow trying to be a tulip!

devozine community gardenLikewise, God commanded Adam and Eve to work hard tilling and caring for the garden. Humans, however, wanted more and more for themselves. Since the Fall, we have been ignoring God’s commands and failing to take care of the garden. If we begin to take care of creation, we not only do something good for our home in the world; we also fulfill our purpose and, by doing so, we worship and obey God.

Obeying God is hard work. Recycling is harder (less convenient) than throwing away. Making sure trash gets in the trash can takes more effort than throwing it on the ground. Creatively reusing products, rather than throwing them away, takes time and energy. But by working hard, we serve God and get back to doing the earth care God intended for us. Life doesn’t get much better than that!



Throughout the day tomorrow, write down every time you make a choice that has an impact on the environment. What choices do you make? How could you make different choices to benefit the earth?

Sam Davidson , co-founder of and author of New Day Revolution and 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need, loves walking outside with his new daughter.

—from devozine (March/April 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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