Bayou to the Future


Earth-Keeping: Taking care of the environment.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Genesis 1:31

Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was excellent in every way.


Caring for the environment isn't a glamorous activity. More often than not, it seems that the care involves deciding what to do with our trash-to recycle or not, to pick up after ourselves or not. Caring for the environment is also inconvenient. Separating trash is one thing, but even more inconvenient is the possibility of paying more for cars that use less or use cleaner fuel. It sure would change all our lives if we had to ration our fuel, and plan our driving trips accordingly. God gave us the responsibility of caring for His creation (Genesis 1:27). So, rather than complain about it or ignore it, we are called to be advocates for the environment. In this episode, Granny rightly points out that we have to be careful of the extreme of making the environment a god, but we must remember that our world belongs to God and we must use it carefully.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What was Liz and Spike's new job at school?
A. Safety monitors.

Q. What was it about their new job that they didn't like?
A. Cleaning up the trash on the playground.

Q. What kind of machine did Chamy build?
A. A machine to clean the water in the bayou.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why is it important to care about the environment?


Because it was made by God (Genesis 1), and because God commanded us to take care of it (Genesis 1:27). Even creation suffers the effects of sin and longs for the day that our world will be made new (Romans 8: 19-22). We belong to God and so does our world. When we care for our world, we show that we are God's agents in this world (Psalm 8: 6-8) and we demonstrate the redemption of our world that will come when Jesus comes again (Revelation 21:1).


What can you do this week to take better care of our world? Can you help your family recycle bottles, plastic, and paper? Make a plan and see how much you can move from trash to recycling.
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