Pick up your garbage …

“You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge.” Psalm 8:6

003Soon after one of my three attempts at retirement, we spent a summer as campground hosts at the Ledges State Park in Boone, Iowa. Our task consisted of being “present” to assist campers and to keep the dry camping, semi-modern restrooms clean and stocked. During the week, our chores were light, but on the weekend when the campground filled to capacity, Glen and I made several trips to check out the restrooms. On one occasion, a camper “got sick” in one of the sinks in the women’s restroom. I thought,  Three toilets and the whole outdoors, and someone chose to puke in the sink?!#!?#

God created the world for us to enjoy, not destroy. On Monday mornings, I would grab a garbage bag and a pair of rubber gloves and walk through every site on the campground to pick up garbage left behind. My theory was, “If God didn’t put it there, man should not have either.” I gathered everything larger than a dime–cigarette butts, the pull tabs from beer and soda cans, straws from juice boxes, candy wrappers, small toys, etc., etc.

If everyone leaned over and picked up their own garbage, think how beautiful every square inch of the Earth would be.

Lord, help us show love for your creation by the way we care for it. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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