God created the world and everything in it. God gave humans an awesome responsibility to be good stewards of His creation.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” -Genesis 1:26
God commanded mankind to take care of His creation. This includes the Earth, plants, and animals. God does specify that we are commanded to "reign over" this creation, which means we can use these resources to provide us with food and shelter. However, mankind should not be uncaring, destructive, or negligent towards God's creation.
When we treat the environment with respect, future generations are able to live in a better world.
Which there are many political opinions related to how the Earth should be treated, all Christians should still be conscientious about their stewardship of such finite resources.
Here are a few tips to allow your family to grow in environmental awareness:
Take your kids outside. Turn off the screens, disconnect, and experience God in nature. For many individuals, God can be experienced in a powerful and significant way when they observe the world around them. Romans 1:20 references the fact that God can be known simply by looking at a vast mountain range, the depths of the ocean, the diversity animal life, and a beautiful sunset: "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."
Teach and model recycling. By packing a waste-free lunch or recycling whenever possible, you can teach your children a valuable lesson to consider the long-term impact of their actions. Any time a child can get beyond themselves and consider the world and people around them, it's a huge win for the family.
Conserve water. Water is precious. There are many people in the world without consistent access to a safe water supply. By recognizing and minimizing their use of water, children can avoid contributing further to the global water crisis.
Conserve energy and avoid littering. Teach your children the devastating affects of littering. Turn off the lights when leaving a room and turn off the faucet when the water isn't being used. When we don't use this type of energy, others are able to use it. And not everyone in the world has access to electricity and water. A vivid illustration might be for your family to live one day, purposefully, without using any energy source, like electricity, running water, and plastics. Or you can spend a day picking up trash at a beach.
Respect nature. In the same way that we respect other people, children should learn the importance of respecting plants and animals. We shouldn't mindlessly hurt or destroy things in nature. We should extend respect and kindness to all of God's creation.
Book for kids: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
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