Not only would it be extremely embarrassing to break something on a first date, it would also be very expensive!
Reference: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1 NIV)
Explore: On my very first date with my now-husband we ended up walking around a department store. For some reason we ended up in the crystal and glassware section. I’ve never been known to be clumsy, but as I walked past all these delicate items I suddenly became very aware of my extremities.
Not only would it be extremely embarrassing to break something on a first date, it would also be very expensive! None of these items belonged to me and, looking at my current bank balance 13 years later, they would never be mine!
Although it would have been a great story to tell, I am pleased to say that I did not break anything on my first date!
Application: When I am around someone else’s property, I am very careful not to ruin anything. While I don’t appreciate my children putting their shoes on my furniture, I am much more conscious of it when we’re at other people’s houses.
When we look at the world it’s important to realize that we don’t own it. It is the Lord’s and we have it on a fairly short-term loan. And yet, we don’t treat it in the same precious way as when we are holding someone else’s property.
We have a responsibility to God to care for what He has blessed us with. Let us be more aware of the resources we use from the earth and treasure them as a direct gift from God.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we are irresponsible with all the things You have given us. May we use every breath of air to every sunset to give You glory. Amen.
What part of God’s gift of creation gives you the most joy?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.