Friday May 6- I am not better than you
…the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
It is not just people who are precious. Animals, birds, fish, plants, oceans, rivers, the air we breath, we have charge over everything. And all of creation is God’s baby.
God says, “Take care of it all.”
OK, I get that. But, today, here is where that judging myself as better than others is kicking in big time.
You see, mention anything that has to do with nature, animals, the environment and we become amazing judging machines.
Have you ever read anything on the internet, Facebook and such, about environmental issues? Mean, nasty, arrogant black and white thinking rules posts and comments online everywhere.
Global warming, climate change, for or against? I don’t even know where to begin with all of this.
Now, lest you think I think I am better for not entering the fray, I try to stay away from the online rhetoric because it is almost always fueling judging others. It is Satan’s way to pour gasoline on a fire of self-right-ness.
But, I am not uninformed. I have more than a little knowledge about these various issues and try to learn from many different sources, not just those I tend to agree with. So, I do have views on environmental issues.
But, I also remember I am babysitting for God. then There are many things I can do or not do about these issues without being judgmental toward someone else’s babysitting style. It’s best to work together to make sure the baby is healthy.
Who would have thought that God in his vastness is interested in each one of us as if we are individually the only one in the room? What we think and do about God’s creation matters to him.
And when we realize how much God cares for us, we want to care for others. For all of creation. We want to care for God’s baby.
When you hear someone talk about environmental issues, ask them to recommend a good resource and if they have one, check it out.