*Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert on the environment, nor am I as all knowing as the God I serve. I am just a person who loves the Lord and the environment.*
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About a year and-a-half ago, I started my journey on living a zero waste life style. There have been plenty of bumps in the road since I have started and I know that there will be plenty to come. The bumps have been anything from accidentally buying things wrapped in plastic to the sheer lack of resources available in my area to be successful in living zero waste. As a Christian, I recognize our call as the Body of Christ to be good stewards of the earth. This recognition compelled me even more so to make a change and to make sure that I am doing my part. This leads me to share some tips that I wish I had known when I was getting started.
The first thing that I learned is that you aren’t going to change the whole earth in one day, week, month, or even year. Big changes take years to make, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help by doing your part right now. Don’t be discouraged by feeling too small to make a difference because we all start some where. I take great joy in knowing that environmentally sustainable movements are growing in popularity. I believe that the small changes we make at home will turn into bigger changes in our community!
The second thing that I learned is that being zero waste is similar to Christianity. Now, I’m not saying that they are the same in the sense that they preach and teach the same things, but rather, that they are both lifestyles. You can’t pick and choose times that you are going to do in either one fully. Both are incredible and worth while commitments that I encourage everybody to follow but commitment is key when it comes to making a lifestyle change. With that said I wouldn’t be truthful if I said that either one is going to be easy. It takes time and preparation to be a christian and to live more Eco-friendly. Be prepared for both and know you will have to make sacrifices to achieve the goal of each lifestyle.
This leads to the third thing that I learned, don’t commit until you are ready. In both my walk with Christ and living as zero waste as I can manage I found myself feeling helpless and discouraged when I bit off more than I could chew. So start small, do the things you know you can change and build the rest of the habits up over time. Giving 110% is amazing but it can lead to burned out and washed up attitudes that in the end may deter you from helping yourself, the Kingdom, and the environment.
You can do it! I have faith in the call that God has placed on humanity and our capability to make great changes in the world and it starts with you! So get started on your way to being a sustainable christian!