Bringing Good to Turmoil

Greetings and Peace to you,

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 There's a lot of turmoil going on out there today. A constitutional crisis is appearing on the horizon. plastic everywhere, clean air and water rules being revoked to help the bottom line, forests on fire, and it grows ever hotter. It's hard not to have anxiety and some anger toward all these situations. Sometimes there is enough of these emotions flying around so as to confuse and freeze our actions, or cause us to say and act like "Nobody else cares, why should I?" 

 There's a quote from Jana Stanfield that I really like and many of you probably are familiar with it. As best as I can determine, Ms Stanfield is a songwriter and motivational speaker. Here is her quote.

 “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”

 So it brings up the question of what can we do on this campus to do good in our own little part of the world? How can we incline the tree to grow from the twig that is in our reach? How can we be better stewards of the earth, at our homes, places of work, and at church. Plastic is ubiquitous. Is it possible we could not use so much? Plastic bottles are convenient and we recycle them but I have doubts that they are really recycled. So maybe we decrease what we buy? I don't know. 

 We are using new technology such as learning thermostats to lower our utility bills. One next step might possibly be to add solar panels so that we could create carbon-free energy and decrease our cooling bills and helping the environment. According to what I read it's only going to get hotter unless something changes but at some point, it will be too late. Installing solar panels will take some work and money but instead of complaining about the world going to hell-in-a-handbasket, are we willing to do something about it? I don't know. 

 I don't believe we can affect the constitutional crisis (other than writing our elected representatives- which I hope you are doing), and the graft and greed that is associated with it but we can do something about our immediate actions that affect our earth, God's creation, that sustains us. I encourage us to renew our commitment to our ministry "Creation Keepers" to look at ways of changing our lifestyles to help the earth and its environment, not hurt it. Individually and corporately we CAN affect our little part of the world. We may not be able to do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good we can do. Now more than ever.

 Ben+