Posted by: wordofthevine | March 8, 2018

Why is Sustainable Living Part of a Plan for Holiness?

When we cultivate a fascination with cultivating health by eating healthy, whole foods that we take part in producing or making, we become more able to integrate all aspects of our life with the fullness of God. God created us for such a worthy purpose. With a modern fast paced lifestyle, many times we have lost sight of our true potential for well-being grounded in creating.

While we all live in different situations and settings and have unique lives and gifts, tapping into the creativity  that is part of our gift of life will look different for each of us. Genesis 1: 26-31 describes that God made human persons in his image and gave them a charge to be fruitful, to multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree with seeds in its fruit; you shall have them for food…I have given every green plant for food. And, it was so. God saw everything that he had made and behold, it was very good.”

What are we to do with this? Start taking time to learn how to cook more whole foods and how to cultivate a starter garden. If you don’t live where you have garden space, try a container garden on your patio. Check out farmers markets this Spring where you can purchase organic produce. Let yourself be amazed with the peace that surpasses understanding that comes from gardening and from cooking. In doing so, you become a truer steward of God’s gifts to us on the earth. Holiness is something real that has roots in welcoming all aspects of life, even eating and procuring food, as a gift to us from God. Cultivate this sense of gratitude in living right now! ~ Mary Kaufmann, Director of Incarnate Institute  (Certified Chaplain and Spiritual Director & Registered Dietitian.)

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