The Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us "There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens."
Now that we have talked about Reducing our physical and spiritual waste, Reusing things as a way of showing gratitude, and Recycling as God demonstrates in nature, it's time to get to our last "R"-Reflect.
"Reflect" is my own personal addition to the three "R"s of the environment (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Far too often, those of us who strive to be "green" get so caught up in sharing our passion and love for creation with others, that we forget to spend time in reflection pondering God's glory that we see reflected in His creation.
So, today I'm here to give you permission and encouragement to stop amidst all of your daily activities (green or not) and spend some time reflecting on the One who made it all possible-God. St. Irenaeus said, " FOR EVEN CREATION reveals Him who formed it . . ." So, when we spend time appreciating creation we should also spend some time in appreciation and gratitude toward the Creator.
In another way, "Reflect" is a reminder for us that how we treat creation is a reflection of our love for God. So, take a moment and check your reflection. Hopefully, it will be full of love for God.
Now, that I have discussed all of my "4"s (Scriptures, Virtues, the Poor, God, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reflect) my Thursday posts will have other spiritual resources for your green life to keep you focused on God as the reason to be green. There may be book suggestions, prayers, websites, quotes, my own reflections and who knows what else. Think of it as a spiritual grab bag. You never know what you'll get. Keep reading to see what's in store. See you soon!