The book, Serve God, Save the Planet, includes some practical applications that I hope I can incorporate into our home. Since recently moving to central Texas, one of our first challenges will be water conservation. Since I hope to plant herbs, vegetables, and maybe fruit trees/bushes, I will need to find plants that grow well in the regional climate; specifically heat and drought tolerant plants (visits to the local nurseries rather than box stores). I also need to identify ways to capture rain water (rain barrels) and recycle water that we use every day. The second and coinciding challenge will be energy conservation. Our two-story house has electric central heat and air which is by far the greatest energy hog (especially during the long Texas summers). However, I know there are other energy hogs (such as the clothes dryer) and many energy vampires in our home that need to be rooted out and neutralized (if not tossed out). Thankfully, our house has a great north-south aspect that provides excellant breeze opportunities during the spring. I want to install some screen doors to maximize the free comfort the breezes can provide. After moving in, I had my husband install a clothes line in the back yard and have begun the age forgotten tradition of hanging clothes out to dry. Unlike the humid coast of Mississippi, the dry air of Central Texas, along with mega doses of sunshine, dries our clothes faster and fresher than the dryer ever could. Not using the dryer is our first major change. Now, what might be next?
"The Lord God gives me the right words to encourage the weary.
Each morning he awakens me eager to learn his teaching;
he made me willing to listen and not rebel or run away."
"We are your symphony, Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life."
— Governor Gertrude Lang (Joanna Gleason) in Mr. Holland's Opus
"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
"...to be little with God is to be little for God."
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
"He became what we are that He might make us what He is"
Saint Athanasius, 295-373
"It is the Christ in you, who recognizes the Christ in me...From now on, wherever you go, or wherever I go, all the ground between us will be holy ground."
Henri J.M. Nouwen
"…I have no better answer than the example of Jesus, who knew above any of us the wisdom of the Father and yet who felt a strong need to flood the heavens with requests."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried."
"The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him."