The Road to Sustainable Living
Updated: Jul 13
On a good day, I’m a hot mess. I throw away WAY TOO MANY takeout containers, forget to recycle the things that can be recycled, and leave the water running for an unlawful amount of time. And you know those little coffee stirring sticks? I STILL forget that I'm not supposed to use them, even though I’ve seen the video of the turtles getting plastic straws stuck up their noses a million times. There’s a verse in the Bible that sums this up perfectly:
"So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me." Romans 7:21
I know that there is way too much waste on this earth and I know that I want to be a better steward of what God has entrusted to me in this lifetime. But I sometimes do what is easy and not what is right. Am I the only one?
I want you to know that you're not alone. The road to sustainable living starts with understanding what's sustainable for your lifestyle and how you've been called to make a difference. We are living, breathing people and there is going to be trash and waste. But maybe you've been called to only shop secondhand. Maybe you've been called to teach people about mindful living and how you can be thoughtful with the things you bring into your home. Maybe you decide to bring your own lunch to work instead of wasting takeout containers. Maybe you go completely off plastic. You might not be called to live a zero-waste lifestyle, but if you make one significant change in how you handle the earth's resources, you're living sustainable and making a difference in what really matters-protecting and preserving our environment so that the next generation has a beautiful place to grow old in.
For the month of March, we're going to be tackling the question of how to be sustainable in particular areas of your life. Next week, we'll cover how to live a more sustainable lifestyle at work. If you have some burning questions about sustainability and how to integrate it into your lifestyle, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be glad to help you find a solution. Who knows-you might see it become a blog post. And here's the video of the turtle (from above) with the straw stuck up its nose (I still can't watch all of it). Until the next time!