Air with all its beams and show’rs,
Heaven’s infinite expanse, Sea’s resplendent countenance –
All around and all above
Bear this record, God Is Love”
– Hymn 87
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” ( Gen. 1:28 )
Indeed, the Lord placed mankind as His caretakers for the earth. He said:
“It is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures. I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide… for all things are mine” (D&C 104:13-15)
and then, in case we didn’t quite understand our job duties, He spelled them out:
“Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees…” (Rev. 7:3)
“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree” (Rev. 9:4)
“We” as a collective, have dropped the ball. To say we have taken our stewardship lightly as God’s caretakers would be a gross understatement! Despite His commands, we did hurt the earth, the sea, the grass, the trees, and the “green things”. I don’t think it pushes the imagination envelope to say that we have made our Father in Heaven weep over the destruction of His beautiful gift. How often do we pause to think about this? God didn’t just suggest that we “live green”, or become “weekend environmentalists”. He actually commanded that we take care of His planet! Year-round. He’s the landlord holding the property deed. We are allowed to reside as “groundscrew”. All He asks in exchange for rent are our prudent gardening skills. He even encourages us to eat the harvest and enjoy all the resources. But, instead of showing our gratitude, and being responsible stewards, we’ve trashed the place!
It is easy to play the blame game. However, it becomes a mute point. The bottom line is that we are all to blame, and what matters now is what we are going to do about it from this point forward. What will we do today to stop the madness? What will we choose tomorrow? I believe that we really can make a difference! Each one of us is a creative being, created in the “image of God”, which means that we are capable of coming up with some wonderfully creative ideas on this subject. And many people already have.
A marvelous place to start is viewing Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff” movie. This 20 minute documentary is fun, educational and powerful. I haven’t seen anything in this genre done better. Show it to your children, and talk about it. Share it with your friends and family! This website is also chock full of helpful tips (to get that creative juice flowing) for helping manage our resources wisely. There is plenty of guidance “out there” on what we can do right now, today, to help heal our mother earth.
Let’s supersize our “home improvement” and make Our Father proud!