The heavens, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Joey tossed his candy paper on the playground. Patty ran over from where she was playing with her friends, and said, "You pick that up!"
"I don't have too. Who made you boss?"
"It's not nice to throw trash on the ground."
"It's okay. I learned in Sunday school that God gave the earth to us, and we can do anything we want to with it."
Indeed, God had given the world into our hands, but His deepest hope is that we will care for it and protect it. Like careless children, we allow the earth to be mistreated. Like a fragile toy, the earth will be damaged beyond repair. What we will do then, God only knows, but for now we must learn to treat God's creation as God Himself would. Otherwise, how will He ever trust us to share eternity with Him in heaven?
Prayer: Do no let me be careless with Your creation, Lord. I love the beauty of this world, but I am not always quick to protect it. Help me to value our planet more dearly. Amen.
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