Tuesday July 23, 2019
8:07 pm

Germonperez student columnist

 

Stewardship of this planet pleasing to God

 

"Let us make man in our image, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground" (Genesis 1:26). From creation, we are each called by God to be stewards of the earth. We are blessed with this beautiful planet, brimming with life and abundant resources, yet we often take it for granted. Sometimes it's easy forget about God's gift to us, amidst all of the technology and consumerism, but we need to realize that one of our duties as children of God is to take care of his other creations. Whether it means cutting back on water usage, or helping restore a damaged ecosystem, each one of us is called to make an effort to conserve the earth. We all have our own role in taking care of one of the greatest gifts God has given us just like we are all given a vocation. Not everyone is called to serve in the same way.
When I was a freshman, God brought to my attention the issue of our environmental challenges. My family and I had always done our part in conserving energy in small ways around the house, but I somehow knew that there was more I could do. I wanted to make a difference in the world, so I gave up eating meat and started dedicating more effort into helping to improve the quality the environment.
Being stewards of the earth, we have a responsibility to treat all animals with respect, and I disagreed with the way much of the meat is processed. I know it's not much, but to me every meal when I do not eat meat, I am making a difference. I also buy green appliances and recycled products whenever I get the chance. For me, being a good steward of the earth occupies a huge portion of my life, but even the smallest action can help.
Animals and plants were given to us by God to sustain life, yet society today has strayed into "factory farms" and a culture that supports deforestation. We go into a grocery store and pick up ground beef or chicken breast without much thought to where that food came from. We cut down trees to make more room for parking lots, new shopping malls or bigger cities. So next time you leave a room, remember to turn the light off or turn the heat down, not just to save money, but to show God your appreciation for all his gifts.

 


 

Hannah Germonprez is a senior at Andrean High School in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

 

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