9.24.2008

Word Wednesday .::12

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. My hope is to see others comment and share a scripture that they have read.

Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

Isaiah 51:6 ESV

"Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed."

I am trying to think more green in stuff these days. I'm the guy in the church office telling everybody to email me and do things digitally as much as possible. I am not against being environmentally aware, and don't really understand how you could be against it. When God made Adam, he put him in Eden to take care of it, so we should definitely take care of the earth the best we can. The only thing I would not venture into is "saving the planet". When I read a verse like this, I'm reminded of who is in control, and that it is His planet to save, but we can definitely do our part in not destroying, and in some instances, restoring it. It is sad to see nature deteriorate, when we are not responsible, but at the end of the day, God is our salvation and our hope....and, let's resist any political comments on global warming vs. non-global warming. I can watch the horrid news stations for that. Let's hear what God has given you in scripture this week.

What's your Word?

3 comments:

Matt W. said...

This one hit me this morning, and even though it's a somewhat different topic, the take away is very much the same, that God is our Salvation, and nothing else.

Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Bill Stanley said...

Gary,
Very interesting. Do you know the average American household has between 5-7 pounds of trash per resident. Do the math, a family of 5 would have 35-35 pounds of trash per day. By the time the pick it up you would have 75-105 pounds of trash. Not counting, baby materials and family outings where you produce more.

Knowing this helps us recycle more and be green as you say. Thanks for getting the word out. It's always perplexed me why Christians aren't more involved in environmental issues seeing as the God of creation has made such a beautiful planet.

We should take care of it.

Bill Stanley said...

My word Wednesday, usually a day late, comes from The Maxwell Leadership Bible . . .

Three Questions for Christian Leaders

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there, those who carried us away captive asked of us a song.

And those who plundered us requested mirth. Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth - If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. Psalm 137:1-6

Three great issues erupt from the lyrics of this psalm: the writer dreams, the writer cries, and the writer sings. No wonder the people wept - the Jews had been exiled to Babylon. No wonder they sang - they could not forget Zion, the land of their birth. No wonder they dreamed - they hoped and prayed for the day of their return home.

These issues pose great questions for every leader:

What do you dream about?
What would you do if you had no fear of failure?
What do you cry about?
What burdens drive you to become passionate?
What do you sing about?
What causes you to rejoice?

Something to think about today as we all try to lead and dream.

It kind of reminds me of the words of Jim Valvano at the ESPY Awards back in the 90's before he died. He said, do three things everyday. Laugh, Cry, and do a good deed.