It’s really easy in my day-to-day life–and on this blog–to get caught up in all the things that I want to do. I can easily focus my mind on budgeting or gardening and spend lots of time making things from scratch or finding ways to do without.
But I think it’s important to remember what drives these interests. After all, it’s very easy to lose sight of what really matters and why I started to make these life choices in the first place.
Motivation can be different from person to person. The following are my two primary motivations for living green financially and environmentally:
1. My life is not about me. As a follower of Christ, I believe that my life is not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19). Though I frequently fail, I want to make God the center of attention in all that I do.
How this motivates me to live green is that I honor God when I honor his creation, not using more than I need. By using my money wisely, I also have money to give back.
2. I should put others above myself. This is a hard one. While it’s not easy to put God first, at least it’s easy to see why he deserves it. But in my self-importance and arrogance, I often don’t believe that I should put others above myself.
But all I have to do is remember what Christ did for me when I didn’t deserve it, to change my attitude around.
This motivates me to make green decisions because the less resources I use, the more are left for other people: both now and in the future. By not buying as many goods produced in polluting factories where under-paid workers work in poor conditions, I’m loving others.
That’s it: those are the two things that I hope are the motivation behind everything that I do and everything I share on this blog.