In the book of Micah we are commanded to ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’. In Galatians Paul recalls being encouraged by the other apostles to ‘remember the poor’ as he preached the gospel. His response was to declare that he was most eager to do just that!
These weekly tips are to help us start seeking justice wherever we are. They are small, practical steps that we can all do and that together will make a huge difference. I want to take my personal justice seeking up a level this year and so I am going to try something new each week.
I hope you will join me.
Act Justly Now- Habit 7: Recycle
Last week I remembered that lent had started! I decided to join in with the Soul Action LentAOK project where the challenge is to do something positively to love others as well as giving up something. I managed three of the actions but we also took the time as a family to think about the rhythms of our lives. We wanted to set some habits of worship, prayer and service that will shape our lives for the future.
What am I going to do this week?
This week is all about recycling. It is about taking responsibility for the impact that I make on the world by the things that I throw away. In the west we consume vast amounts and throw vast amounts away. I want to reduce my rubbish so that the pressure I put on the planet reduces.
How am I going to do this?
I get my coffee most mornings in a disposable cup. I use disposable plastic bottles of water, and sandwich wrappers and…and…So, I am going to use reusable plastic containers instead of plastic wrapping or sandwich bags to make packed lunches or store food. I am going to make sure everything that has a recycling logo on it goes into the recycling bin and give my old clothes to charity or to family or friends that will appreciate them instead of throwing them away. Before I throw anything into the bin I am going to ask whether it can be recycled or reused or freecycled.
About 50% of household rubbish ends up in landfill sites which emits greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere. This contributes to global warming and the price of a warmer planet will be paid by the global poor. In Europe we will build better flood defences, in poorer countries they will drown. By recycling our waste, reusing and Freecycling what we don’t want, it diverts the rubbish away from landfill and instead gets processed back into a variety of different things such as packages, containers and even fabrics for clothing or simply reused by someone who needs or wants it.
When Jesus fed the 5,000 in John 6:11-13, He was careful enough to make sure that every last piece of food was eaten, everyone had enough to eat and not a scrap was wasted; a sure sign of being resourceful and less wasteful. To be resourceful is to be alert to things God has already provided, things we already have that we can use in a different way or place especially if it benefits or brings joy to others.
I was challenged to do this action by Tearfund’s Carbon Fast. There are a few websites you can visit to help you with this week’s action. Such as: The Besom a service where you can give your time, money, skills or items that would benefit others and make a difference to people’s lives. At Freecycle you
can recycle your unwanted possessions, and why not also have a look at Street Bank
a great site which helps you share and borrow things with your friends and
Will you join me?
It would be great to have friends for the journey and so if you start doing this then do let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can find all the habits under ‘Act Justly Now’