Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Going "Green"

There is a movement that seeks to preserve planet earth by recycling and using renewable energy resources. The thought is that by seeking to preserve the environment, future generations will be able to survive and remain healthy. This is referred to as "Going Green." When we look at this from a spiritual perspective, the Lord also encourages us to "Go Green."

Is our "spiritual environment" littered with debris from yesteryear (unresolved anger, arguments, poor self-esteem, dissention with fellow believers)? Are we squandering the valuable deposits the Lord has placed on this inside of us for temporary pleasures? Will the personal decisions that we make today have a negative impact on our children, churches, and communities tomorrow? Are we training the next generation of dancers for mimicry or for continued ministry?

There is a time when we must pull back to allow the Lord to reveal to us any areas in which we are being wasteful. This may include procrastination, overspending, gossiping, worrying, slothfulness, stubborness, etc. In order to effectively prepare for the future, we must use wisdom with finances, develop new relationships, increase our movement vocabularies, study the Word, demonstrate love, and serve the Lord with gladness. He will show us when we need to rest, and where we need to be planted.

Psalm 23:2 (NKJV)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

Psalm 52:8 (NKJV)
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

Psalm 92:13 (NKJV)
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

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