What We're Trying / Week 5

I can hardly believe we’re here already, but here we are! Week FIVE of what we’re trying Wednesday. The last of our August challenges! We do hope you’ve enjoyed trying some new things and challenging yourselves with us this month. We’ve had a ton of fun and done a ton of growing too—what better combo is there!? (Let us know if you had as much fun as we did and if it’s something you’d like to see again in the future!)

So what are we going to try for week five—PLASTIC FREE! That’s right, this week we’re going to try cutting out waste and focusing on being a bit more environmentally friendly. Because let’s be honest, that’s never a bad thing!

Now—before you go rolling your eyes and calling us liberal hippies or whatever—hear us out. Very often “environmentally friendly” is associated with liberalism and that often makes Christians uncomfortable. I get it—my dad refused to let me see Fern Gully as a kid for this very reason! (Let me know if it’s worth seeing now.) Along with challenging yourselves to go plastic free, we’re also challenging you to think about why. And specifically, why it matters to us as Christians! Because it does.

Here’s why in a nutshell:

God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.
Genesis 2:15

The first thing that God told us to do as humans was to take care of everything He had created. The very first thing! Fast forward 4000 something years (that’s probably really not an accurate number by the way) and if that means cutting out plastic that fills our oceans and litters our land and polluted the air God gave us to breath, then why not!? This space He gave us to live in is absolutely breathtaking! Why would we not want to do everything we can to keep it that way!

I’ll leave you with one more thought on that note—

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” 
Romans 1:19-20

God created this big, beautiful world in order to reveal Himself to people. It’s not just a place—it’s His heart that He is constantly longing for people to see. If that’s not reason to take care of His Creation to the best of our ability than I don’t know know what is!

So what does this challenge look like? 

1. Cutting out plastic and packaging whenever and wherever you can!
2. Reusing and Recycling

3. A fresh awareness for how you’re tending to the creation God has put in our care.

Simple Ways to Start:

-Buy a few glass food containers to replace plastic ones.

-Use reusable food storage for packing lunches instead of plastic baggies.

-Start recycling in your home.

We’ll be sharing on this subject all week! Let us know where you’re planning to start!

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