And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
As we go through our daily activities, we sometimes wonder why we do tasks in certain ways. I have concluded that we, as children of God have been assigned to care for our earth.
I recycle what I can. Our town has a curbside pick-up program that helps the citizens in this effort. Some people participate because they believe their actions in recycling will keep the landfills from filling up as quickly.
Several sites around town have dumpsters provided by a company that collects and recycles newspapers, magazines, and office paper. The company pays the site owners for the paper collected.
A school in a town to the immediate north of ours collects plastic caps and those caps eventually are reprocessed and become park benches. An interesting sidelight about this process is there are six memorial benches in Northern Indiana made from recycled plastic bottle caps and lids. This project was done by Girl Scouts. (http://fox59.com/2017/05/17/424975/)
An elderly man in our immediate area collect pop can tabs and donates them to our state’s children’s hospital. His efforts have received stories in our local paper and news coverage on television. People bring these tabs to him and he scouts around the area for empty pop cans to assist the hospital in their mission to aid children who are ill.
I have concluded that we have a greater reason to recycle. In reading Genesis chapter one, we see God and His Spirit forming the world out of nothing. On the sixth day, God told man to have dominion over the fish, the birds, and every living creature on the earth.
What does have dominion mean? Simply stated, it means we have a responsibility for what God had given us. A friend of mine has creative ways to apply the guideline, “recycle, reduce, reuse.”
One of my friends estimates they recycle, reduce, or reuse 90% of what they have. If they don’t recycle through the city program, they compost what most of everything else. Because of what I have read in the Bible and learned from my friend, I realize anew I need to expand my recycling efforts from just newspapers, kitchen and grocery items to include items I toss into my waste basket in my computer room/office. I plan to be more diligent with my recycling because it is my responsibility.