On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. Ecclesiastes 7:14 (The Message Bible)
E. B. White, author of the famous children’s book, Charlotte’s Web, once said, “When I wake up in the morning, I can’t decide whether to enjoy the world or improve the world; that makes it difficult to plan the day.”
Lake Pleasant, one of Arizona’s state parks, is less than twenty miles from our home. Over the years, we would drive our RV to this large lake (developed to supply the valley with water), and when the water level was low, we would camp on the beach. From there we only had to walk a few yards to begin to explore the hiking trails and low mountains around the lake.
However, after our first hike, whenever we explored the area, I would tuck a plastic grocery bag in my pocket and pick up trash along the way. My bag always overflowed with debris–a single sock and a flip flop, plastic water bottles, beer and soda cans (that could have been recycled), a piece of frayed rope, fishing pole line with a lure and hook, wrappers from fast food restaurants, etc.
My heart would be full of joy from seeing God’s wonderful creation, but it always saddened (and angered) me to think that others who enjoyed the same beautiful setting would not plan into their day to include bringing a garbage bag and to lean over and pick up their own trash.
Dear Lord, let us feel peace from having a plan to enjoy life and to make a difference, so that others may enjoy your world, too. Amen.