For What Itís Worth,
Consider Our Stewardship of Godís Earth

By E. J. Bradshaw

In 1996, French naval officer and underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau (1010-1997) wrote, ďMankind has probably done more damage to the earth in the 20th Century than in all of previous human history.Ē (New Perspectiveís Quarterly Ė Summer 1996) Unfortunately, the damage continues. Itís time we consider being good stewards of our environment. God gave man the task of tilling the soil and keeping it. Genesis 1:15. Mankind was given authority over and use of all that He had made. Genesis 2:28. God owns the earth and all that is upon the earth. Exodus 19:5; Psalm 24:1; 50:10; Haggai 2:8. We may hold title to property and money, but God is the owner; and we are His stewards or overseers. Our task is to keep it, preserve it, and pass it on to posterity. The purpose of this essay is to encourage each reader to be a better steward of all Godís resources entrusted to us.

Letís begin by keeping our home place and our place of employment clean, neat and safe. We can help by lending a helping hand to those who, because of age or illness, cannot keep their homes clean.

We can participate in our parish and cityís efforts to pick up and clean up. We can keep a litter bag in our autos and stop littering our streets and highways with bottles, cans, cigarette butts and other trash. I wish our state could sentence those who litter our highways to ten days of picking up the trash! Speaking of cigarette butts, I was a customer at a city business; and the proprietor had placed two receptacles for cigarettes outside the entrance; and the sidewalk and parking area were filthy with cigarette filters. People are so disrespectful! Someone has to clean up the unsightly, stinking mess left by others.

We can use our recycling facility. It is located at 129 Red Town across the railroad in front of Popeyes Fried Chicken. Hours are 10:00 a.m. Ė 6:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:00 a.m. Ė 3:00 p.m. Saturdays. They take paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, foil, tin cans, and plastic containers and wraps. I live by myself; and since I began recycling, my weekly trash for the garbage truck is about a fourth of what it used to be. This saves our dumps and our trees and other resources. Try it!

Good citizenship and proper respect for others and posterity dictates that we be good stewards of Godís resources. Letís work together to keep our terrain, water, and air clean and healthy, and letís be good stewards of the natural resources such as fuels, foods, and all else that is ours to manage and use. Letís work together to make ours a better place to live and letís pass on to others a good, clean world to enjoy!

You may contact E. J. Bradshaw at 337-238-0440;