Julia Smith, mother of two, is her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader, and the Charter Representative for her son’s Cub Scout Pack. She is also active in her children’s school Parent Teacher Association and works as a Dental Hygienist.

“When I think of my own precious children, I am reminded that future generations will face dangers and challenges if we don’t make changes today.  I want them to have a place to run, swim and play, and enjoy the beauty of nature. I am teaching my children about Stewardship of God’s Creation. We are involved in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, where we strive to be responsible, considerate, caring, and use resources wisely to make the world a better place.

When I was a child, my parents brought me to a show at a planetarium.  We learned about the solar system and to spot constellations, and at the end of the show everyone got to look through telescopes. The planetarium speaker asked the question, “What is your favorite planet?”  I quickly raised my hand and shouted, “Earth!” Pretty much everyone laughed at me.  I think we take our home for granted. We don’t need to look towards the heavens to find our favorite planet. Earth really should be everyone’s favorite planet.

This beautiful Earth is the only home we have, providing our food and water; a clean environment is essential for healthy living for all human beings and other creatures.

How can we glorify and honor the Creator, and not care for his Creation? Let’s try not to be selfish and greedy. Let’s not argue about the condition of the Earth, or about climate change or pollution. Stewardship for God’s creation means Stewardship no matter what the condition of creation! It’s not an opinion, but a RESPONSIBILITY! It’s a reflection of our character. I believe and I have hope that we can make a difference, even if it’s small changes. It’s time we show our Creator that we care for his Creation!

We have such a short time here on Earth.  Why not try to make a difference while we can?”