“Does ‘creation’ have anything to do with God whom I call ‘Creator’? Oh, pish posh. Surely God isn’t worried about how we handle His creation that He created. His main concern is making His followers happy and prosperous, yes?…” Jen Hatmaker
“I’m beginning to wonder if the unprecedented consumption of the earth’s resources and the cavalier destruction of its natural assets is a spiritual issue as much as environmental.” J.H.
The whole purpose is to try some changes that we hope will give us a better perspective on a kingdom lifestyle and help us move in that direction. Even a tiny bit.
If you’ve read any of the posts, you know that we’ve laughed a lot and had great fun doing this together.
But we met last Monday and agreed that it feels like the party’s over.
Most of us (except for Heather who is an environmental superstar already) feel decidedly cranky about the Waste chapter – choosing 7 ways to live a greener life.
We were especially out-of-sorts about the compost part.
Worms? Maggots? Mush? That does not sound like fun. Sorry, not gonna go there.
Here’s a picture of my first reaction to the 7 habits for a greener life that Jen chose.
I hate “mug” and love my air-conditioning. I have a decidedly brown thumb. I like buying “first-hand” clothes.
Bottom line? I totally want to protect this precious gift of creation that God has given us, but my x’s reflect what a selfish, comfort-addicted human being I am. I love the idea of being green more than the inconvenient reality of it.
Maybe you can relate.
AND… to top it off, just let me just say, I’ve failed before even starting.
Confession #1: Every week when I put out my recycling the grouchy environmental fairy throws it back in my face. There is ALWAYS at least one unacceptable item that they leave with a note (purple) listing all the stuff they won’t take. (And just WHY won’t you take my butter carton?? Me thinks you are making this stuff up to tick me off.)
Confession #2: I have carried around not one, not two, but THREE reusable grocery bags in my car for two years and have NEVER remembered to bring them into the store!!! Nope, not once. No matter how conspicuously they are placed in my car, I have a mental block in this area. I am a total FAILURE!! And when the landfills overflow there’s gonna be a sign saying: This is Laura Crosby’s fault.
I told the 7 gals I was just hoping someone somewhere was giving me points for at least carrying the bags around, but Molly yelled “NO! No points!!!
If there are points we’re ALL doomed!” Agreed. We’re losers one and all, dependent on grace and trying to move the dial just a smidge.
After all of our grumbling and whining (except for Heather), we pulled it together and agreed that anything is better than nothing.
BABY STEPS, people, baby steps.
So we’re all identifying our own list of 7 habits for a greener life we’re going to try to cultivate.
Mine includes actually taking one of my re-usable bags into the grocery store. (Did you forget already? Baby steps!)
And using just one car, which I thought would be soooo easy because I ride my bike so much already, but in reality I forgot two key factors.
Rain and Sweat.
Which leads to Confession #3: The first two days of this experiment I didn’t think twice before jumping in my car when it looked like rain, or driving to a lunch appointment when it was 90 degrees out.
However I did have one small victory yesterday, making it through 24 hours on 2 wheels, even though it meant showing up at church looking like a sweaty Olympic wrestler.
Also we’re all thinking of bringing our garbage next time to give to Heather (or worm girl as she may come to be known) for a compost pile that she will maintain for all of us.
How do you live greener? Baby steps, remember?
What are you brave enough to confess and what baby step can you commit to today?