Our charge as deeply-loved humans

As humans we command power, and with that power comes great responsibility.

In many ways we hold the fate of this planet in our hands. We are obligated to steward the earth to the best of our abilities, but too often we fail at this task.

We allow creatures that we deem less than ourselves to suffer and fade away. We shun the charge of our privilege and make others pay for our neglect. We feel entitled to everything that we have. We bulldoze (pun intended) through life, taking no notice of the natural and sacred realm. It stares us in the face. It pleads. It gives of itself and we grab at its offerings like expectant and spoiled children at a six-year-old’s birthday party.

There is always hope, but we have to realize what we hold in our hands: innocence, possibility, duty, honor… life. If we take our charge seriously, we will see a amazing things happen.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (I John 4:7–12)

Originally published at wanderscrawl.blogspot.com.

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