If you haven't started spring cleaning yet, Earth Day on April 22 is a reminder to get it done. On Earth Day, people consider the value of protecting our natural resources and preserving the world for generations to come. As you clean out your surroundings, it is also a perfect time to donate used furniture and electronics to those who are less fortunate.
Cleaning Out Your Home
Your home is an oasis away from the demands of daily life. It is a place to relax and unwind. Over time, your old furniture started to get worn and tattered. While you might be ready to purchase new home furnishings, your old stuff could still have plenty of years of use left. Take a few minutes to wash out stains, vacuum up crumbs and repair minor rips or tears. Contact your local church, community center or Salvation Army location to find out more about donating the furniture to needy people who can use it. This keeps the furniture out of our overflowing landfills and ensures someone has the items they need for a comfortable home. It is a charitable and cozy way to spend Earth Day 2014.
Cleaning Out Your Personal Belongings
When you fail to clean out your personal belongings, your environment can get cluttered. The television show "Hoarders" shows advanced cases of people who fail to regularly assess what they own to clear out what they don't need. Throw away garbage in accordance with the local rules regarding recycling and safe disposal. One of the items that becomes passe in just months or years is electronic devices. Donate them to people who could fix and use them or dispose of them in accordance with EPA guidelines to be a solid citizen on Earth Day. Your trash can be someone else's treasure. Be the bearer of blessing and do His work without spending a dime - it just takes a bit of work.
Cleaning Out Your Yard
Sometimes items get tossed in the yard, especially during the chilly winter months. Now that everything has thawed out, make sure to get rid of the debris lurking in your yard, shed, basement and attic. While we might not see it all the time, these items are rotting away when they could be put to good use by someone in need. While you are cleaning out your yard, make sure to plant a tree to really go green and get closer to the environment on Earth Day.
The first Earth Day was observed in 1970. Since that time, people have learned quite a bit about global conditions and protecting the environment. God wants us to enjoy the Earth and we are responsible to take care of it for future generations. Do your part by cleaning out and donating items rather than disposing of them. If they have to be thrown away, take time to do it conscientiously. Check out the NASA global selfie of Earth below, right in time for Earth Day on April 22.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:14-26