Matthew and I read through the entire Bible, underlining everything that had to do with nature, creation, and how we are instructed to care for the earth. . . .
Over the next couple of years, we downsized our lifestyle, giving away half of our possessions and moving to a house the size of our former garage. Contrary to my earlier fears, we found that the more we “gave up” in material things, the more we gained in family unity, purpose, and joy. Eventually, through many small changes, we reduced our energy usage by more than two-thirds and our trash production by nine-tenths. . . .
Today, when making a purchase or decision, we ask ourselves two questions: Does this bring us closer to God? And does this help us love our neighbors? The answers will always lead us down the right path.
– Nancy Sleeth shares her faith journey along with her husband, Matthew, and their family in the foreword to Living More with Less (30th Anniversary Edition), by Doris Janzen Longacre, Updated and edited by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, Herald Press, 2010. For more on their journey, see Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action and Go Green, Save Green by Matthew and Nancy Sleeth respectively.
The Sleeths’ two questions come from the words of Jesus:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. – Luke 10:27
I really appreciate their practical application.
How are you practicing simplicity and going green?