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Laura Nelson

Laura Nelson

Editor’s note: Today, we welcome our newest contributor, Laura Nelson. Laura, the voice behind the blog Green for God, lives with her family in Texas. We’re so happy that she’ll be joining us here at CatholicMom.com each month. Welcome Laura! LMH

Does it ever seem to you that environmentalism has become its own religion?  It does to me.  “Green” is everywhere from the food you eat to the soap you buy to the way you pack your lunch.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s wonderful to have so many convenient options that help us treat the earth more kindly.   Personally, I’m a sucker for an eco-friendly product.  My current obsession is with reusable containers that help me “green” up the lunches I pack for work or school.

On the whole, though, it seems that the environmentalists of today have forgotten what I think is a huge motivation for caring for and preserving the earth-God.  You may be thinking, “What’s God got to do with it?”  In a word, everything!  After all, God is the Creator of the earth and all its living creatures.  Don’t you think He’d want us to take care of what he made for us to use?  I do.  In fact, there are a few scripture passages that I think back me up on this.

  1. “It is good!” Genesis 1: 1-25 – This is what you might call the “goodness declaration.”  In this passage God surveys all He’s created and declares each part of it to be good and pleasing to Him.  If God thinks His Creation is good, who are we to argue?
  2. “Be fruitful” Genesis 1:26-28 -Here, God calls upon Adam and Eve to be caretakers of Creation.  He puts them in dominion over the earth and all its creatures.  Since we’re descendents of Adam and Eve, that job has been passed on to us.  Maybe it’s not what you were hoping to inherit but, overall, it’s not a bad gig.
  3. “Two by two” Genesis 7:2-3 -Ahh, the story of Noah and the Great Flood.  You’ve probably heard this story over and over again since you were a child.  If you think about it, this story has a strong theme about caring for Creation.  God chose Noah to help Him save part of His Creation.  God didn’t need Noah’s help.  He could’ve destroyed or saved Creation all on His own.  He’s God, after all!  But no, God chose to reinforce the legacy of Adam and Eve’s dominion over Creation by giving Noah the job of saving the animals and building the ark.  God wants to work with us. That makes me feel kinda special.  How about you?
  4. “Take care of the talents” Matthew 25:14-30 -This passage is the parable of the talents.  Here, Jesus tells a story of a landlord who leaves three of his servants varying amounts of talents to take care of while he’s away.  When he gets back, he’s thrilled that two of them have doubled their amount of talents through some wise investments.  But, he is seriously ticked off at the third servant who buried his talent to keep it safe.  God is the landowner.  We are the servants.  Creation is the talent that has been left in our care.  We can’t just protect and preserve Creation.  We’re called to nurture it and make it grow.  In effect, we’re called to leave this earth better than we found it.

Do you see what I mean?  When we connect our faith with caring for the earth, not only do we have a better understanding of why we should care for it, we also learn a bit about how we should care for it as well.

So, the next time you need to empty the recycling bins, don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as a project you and God are working on together.    I hear He’s great to work with…

Copyright 2012 Laura Nelson

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Laura B. Nelson is a Catholic wife and mother of three children. She is also a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher and life-long student of the Catholic faith. After receiving her degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, Laura let her curiosity and enthusiasm take her down many paths including working in the world of finance, full-time motherhood, ministry leader, catechist, music teacher, speaker and author. Laura likes to be busy but she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Grapevine, TX. Visit her blogs at Green for God and Suburban Sainthood.

4 Comments

  1. You are so right! What a beautiful creation God has given us to care for! I can’t wait to read your next column. I live in the country and I am constantly reminded of parables and bible verses. Just this past Tuesday I
    Was reminded of the parable of the good shepherd as I led my three miniature donkeys to green pasture (they had chomped and pooped on every green blade in the corral). When I say I “lead” them I really mean that I opened the gate just a crack and was nearly trampled by three hungry equines! I could not get those blessed creatures back in the corral for hours! What a hilarious farm adventure. God bless!

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    What a wonderful article! I have always been interested in helping the environment but since becoming Catholic, I have been much more “green” for the reasons you mentioned. Welcome to the Catholicmom.com bunch!

    • Laura B Nelson on

      Thanks Alicia! I’m so glad to hear that others are making the connection between our Faith and the environment. Let’s pray that others come on board.

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