Thank you for committing to this 30 Day Christian Green Living Challenge with us! Each day as we step through our journey, I’ll share the challenge for the day then, depending on your green goals, I will share resources where you can learn more, dig deeper into the topic, or challenge yourself even more. We will do the challenge once *live* together, but you can participate anytime by joining in on the comments below and by using the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving. So, when you’re ready, let’s Go Christian Green!
“Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
During our first 7 days of the challenge, we’ve already touched on our intention. Our “WHY.” —Why we do and why we should care about caring for the environment and all of creation. But today, let’s go a little deeper.
Are we going green because we want to avoid global warming? Are we trying to protect endangered animals and keep the oceans clean? Do we want to make sure that all people around the world have access to clean, drinkable water? Do we want our children to inherit a beautiful, green planet, centuries into the future?
All of these reasons and almost any additional reasons you may have are all probably good ones, but for Christians, we should also have another reason…for service of God.
In my post titled, “Do Christians Have to Be Green and Eco-friendly,” I’ve included quotes from scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as from Bishops and Popes. The overwhelming answer is “YES,” Christians do have to to be green and eco-friendly because God has commanded it and our Christian faith compels us to act with love and charity.
“Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith.” (Pope John Paul II 1990 World Day of Peace Message, no. 15)
Today’s Day 8 Challenge:
Take some time today to consider your “why.” Does your personal faith convict you to be a good steward of creation and to care for our common home? If so, look back at your journey and see if you can see God’s guidance.
If not, why not? (Don’t be too bothered if your answer is “no.” I think it is “no” for a lot of very good Christians because it’s not possible to be convicted by our faith if we don’t know we should be. Hopefully this challenge will help!)
Read “Do Christians Have to Be Green and Eco-friendly,” and explore the different quotes. If one or more impresses on you, consider reading the whole document.
Today try to meet God in prayer and in conversation about your “why.” Ask for his help in seeing his will for creation and ask him to help you become a better steward of his glorious world.
Look back at our first 7 day challenges. Which one do you struggle with the most? Is there one that you’ve been wanting to explore for awhile, but never have? Challenge yourself to work extra hard on it today and if possible for the remainder of the challenge.
Comment below and/or use the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving. If you’re comfortable, please share your personal WHY. It’s there is a good chance that your words might be the exact ones someone else needs to help find their WHY too!
- 12 Great Resources to STOP Over-Consumption —by Darlene Goes Green
If you need a little extra help reducing consumption, this article can help too.
- How to Keep A Clutter-Free Home —by Shawna at Stress Less Be Healthy
Focusing on keeping a simple family home, she offers good tips to declutter and keep it that way!
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