Formations lesson for Oct. 24: Taking Care of the Garden : Friday, Oct. 1, 2004
October 1 2004 by Wayne Proctor

Formations lesson for Oct. 24: Taking Care of the Garden : Friday, Oct. 1, 2004
Friday, Oct. 1, 2004

Formations lesson for Oct. 24: Taking Care of the Garden

By Wayne Proctor
Focal Passages: Genesis 2:7-9; Romans 8:19-23

One of my personal hobbies is gardening. Fresh vegetables are unbeatable! Yet, they don't just happen. Certain ingredients are required for a bountiful harvest - good seed, fertilizer, water, sunshine, weeding and some bug control. While God does most of the work, I must join Him if I want to experience the harvest.

A beautiful garden

Genesis 2:7-9

In our wonderful state we have two towns named after the biblical Eden. One is Eden, in the north central part of the state, and the other is Edenton, in the northeast corner. I happen to live in Edenton. The Hebrew word Eden means "delight." Another description is "paradise." The founding fathers discovered something delightful and pleasing in these towns, thus the name.

We envision the original garden as perfect, and without sin, Adam and Eve would have remained in that pristine place forever. Man and woman were created and placed in the middle of the garden with strict orders to care for it, name the plants and animals, and not eat from the tree which gave one the ability to know all good and all evil (2:17). Man and woman disobeyed that order, and thus forfeited the future originally promised (3:23-24).

The late great planet earth

Romans 8:19-23

That was the name of a classic book by Hal Lindsey, and a forerunner to many subsequent books on "end times" themes.

The apostle Paul made some very clear statements about the earth's future and the Christian's future. Paul described creation as groaning under travail as it waited for the promise of liberation, renewal and redemption. The New Testament declares there will ultimately be a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1) and a new resurrected body (1 Cor. 15).

But, let's say we want to be the best stewards of both our planet and our body. Why would we want to do so, and how would we do so?

Environmental and

personal stewardship

The scientific community tells us that life on this planet lies in a delicate balance. Ecology is important. As a global community, we daily make the choice whether to destroy or build, to neglect or preserve. We deal with terrorism, natural and unnatural disasters, poverty and disease.

To complicate matters, some of our environmental insecurity is caused by religious fanatics who have no high regard for environmental preservation.

In the midst of our planet are communities that truly are pristine like the original Eden, remarkably unspoiled by man. An aunt of mine who does extensive traveling was recently remarking on the beauty of Tahiti, in the South Pacific.

The difference in communities that resemble Eden seems to be a consciousness to preserve the environment. The reality for all of us is this: if we want to have it and enjoy it, we must make sure we take care of it. We can do as the owl says, "Give a hoot, don't pollute." And, we can support Christian and non-Christian causes placing a premium on protecting the world in which we live.

Then there is the issue of personal health. By exercising regularly and eating sensibly we can live longer with a better quality of life.

While there are no guarantees for any of us, we increase our chances for longevity when we manage stress and diet holistically.

Experts say we can plan to live to age 90. I intend to try.

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