Garbage is all around us, from our streets, to our house, to parking lots, and even in our minds. Garbage is a form of pollution and we need to address it quickly before it completely takes over!
So we’ve all heard about the damage that is being done to our planet by garbage that is contributing to climate change. It really doesn’t matter if you deny climate change, garbage is still an issue. Look at the photograph of the ocean shore that is attached to this post and obviously this is not normal and is harmful to the environment. For some reason we’ve decided that its ok to drop our garbage anywhere we want and make it someone else’s problem, but what we have to realize is that it isn’t someone else’s problem, it belongs to all of us!
I’ve spent a lot of time in truckstop parking lots over the last nine years and believe me, they are disgusting! Truck drivers should be ashamed of how they treat our world. There are garbage cans all over the place in the parking lots, but still people just drop their trash wherever! I’ve seen everything from fast food containers to dirty diapers to used condoms to full pee bottles (those last two are so disgusting that I’m lost for words!)
God didn’t create a perfect world for us to destroy it, but we’re doing a pretty good job of doing just that. At the end of every day of creation, God saw that it was good, but as He looks down upon the earth today, I’m sure He doesn’t think that it is good any more! We were put on the earth, by God to be stewards of the planet as we are told in Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” So we, as man (and woman) are told to have look after everything, and I really think we are failing.
There is a giant island of plastic that is floating in the Pacific Ocean that will never disappear. Plastic just doesn’t break down and yet we continue to create more and more of it, and it just gets thrown away, even though there are supposed to be ways to recycle it. When I was a child, everything we bought was either in cans or bottles, but finding a glass bottle in a store these days is rare. All that plastic eventually has to be dealt with if we are going to continue to live here, and really we don’t have any alternatives.
But as for physical garbage, plastic is only part of it. There are many other things that are just disposed of in public instead of at least trying to put trash in its place. This has gone on for years and we really need to address it. But what about another big garbage problem that exists that has nothing to do with polluting our planet?
Aside from being stewards of the planet, we are also supposed to treat our bodies as a temple: 1Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not you own?” So God tells us that our bodies are a temple and should be treated as such. so think about what happens inside a temple. You’d never bring anything offensive into a temple, smoke, drink, offensive foods, loud noises, swearing, and sin in general. All of these would be considered as things you wouldn’t want in a temple, but do you allow them into your body?
There are many things that we allow to enter our temples, like cigarette smoke, alcohol and drugs, unclean foods, all that enter though our physical bodies. But we also allow things to enter into our minds that cause problems too. We hear of rampant use of pornography, movies, video games, music, books and magazines, that all come into our temples through our minds. All of the above is garbage also and it is pollution as well. We need to expel the garbage from our bodies, our minds and our planet and then, and only then will we be prepared to meet our Father in His heavenly home.
Our planet is in distress with garbage floating in the waters and covering the land, and we have garbage in our bodies that is throughout our bodies and minds. I am far from perfect in the treatment of my body, and I am a work in progress, but when it comes to our planet, I really try to do my part. I refuse to contribute to the garbage that is all over the place, and always put physical garbage and recycling into its proper place. If we all do our parts, and work on ourselves, our world and bodies will be much healthier.
[Editor’ s note: I recently pledged to donate my organs after I pass from this world and possibly save the lives of others. Have you made your decision yet, and if so, let your family members know. https://www.signupforlife.ca/ ]
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