Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How big is My God Footprint?

It seems to me that footprints have become a big thing lately. Our society, especially politicians and Hollywood, have gotten into figuring out how large their "Carbon Footprint" is. I looked up what it meant and found out that "a carbon footprint is a "measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. It is meant to be useful for individuals, nations and organizations to conceptualize their personal (or organizational) impact in contributing to global warming. A conceptual tool in response to carbon footprints are carbon offsets, or the mitigation of carbon emissions through the development of alternative projects such as solar or wind energy or reforestation. The carbon footprint is a subset of the ecological footprint, which includes all human demands on the biosphere."

Alright, so that just seems like a bunch of mumbo jumbo that has been made up so that companies who do carbon footprinting can make money. I understand the concept and think that as Christians, we too, should be careful about how we treat the world God placed us in. But really, God is much bigger then we are and He did create our world to survive for the amount of time He wants it to. What we do and don't to do our world will not utterly destroy it. We've messed it up and can be better with not polluting it.

Going Green and finding your Carbon Footprint is has become the fad of today. I saw a Reality TV show were this person went and found out what her Carbon Footprint was and decided to reduce it. So, with the help of a Carbon Footprint specialist, they went out and bought all "Green" stuff. Then she went home and threw out all the bottles and things that weren't green. Humm . . . . so you still fill the landfills up with the things you threw away. She also got a more eco friendly SUV. Does that make sense? Al Gore has one of the largeest Carbon Footprints and yet, because he owns a bit of the company that does this kind of thing, he gets points off because of it. Yet, he still owns a large home, drives large vehicles and flies in private jets. Humm . . . . do you see something wrong with this picture? Hollywood is BIG into this but they still drive big SUVs and fly in private jets. No one seems to be concerned about giving up what they hold dear to themselves to make a difference. They're all talk talk talk.

As I climb off my soap box, I'm saddened about the fact that we're so concerned about our carbon footprint but not about God's footprints. God's footprints are the opposite of Carbon Footprints. Where one wants to be reduced the other wants to be as BIG as it can be. We want to leave a God Footprint the size of Big Foot so others will stop and say, "What in the world is that!" Which will open the door for you to show them all about God.

The Bible talks about footprints. Psalm 119:133 says, "Establish my footsteps in Your word." Psalm 119:105 says, "You word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

The Bible is God's footprint in our lives. It is one of God's tools in teaching us how to live a life that reflects Him. It guides our steps and lights up the path we should follow. And when we do follow down the right path we will leave footprints for others to follow. What we need to be concerned about it how big our footprints are. If they're too small they don't make a big impact and others will loose their way. But if they're big, they'll be seen and easy to follow.

I guess what I'm getting at is that I think it's great that we are becoming environmentally conscious. But in doing so, we're only falling into the trap Satan has established for the world. He's drawing us more away from the truth and getting us muddled up with the fads of our world. Again, being good stewards of our world is not a bad thing but to get caught up into it and make it more important then God is. Going green and carbon footprinting is sure making someone money at the expense of concerned individuals who want to improve and care for our world. Sadly, we're becoming more concerned about our carbon footprint then we are about what size of footprint we're leaving for God's kingdom.

I leave this morning's devotional time with a question to myself, "How big is My God Footprint?"

Krista Jones

Bible Reading Guide:

Beginning to End: Zech. 1-7
Old and New Testaments Together: Isaiah 7-8 & Eph. 2
Historical: 2 Chron. 15-18
Chronological: Neh. 11-13 & Psalm 126
Blended: Ezek. 22-23 & John 13:1-20

The Bible reading guides will be taken from Back to the Bible

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