February 21, 2011: Creation is Ours to Share

~ by Mary Galvano

This past weekend I was with family in the little town of Celebration, near Orlando. It is a pretty little town, and to me it almost looks like the type of town Pollyanna would have lived in. The town is dog friendly and it seemed there were more dogs out walking than humans. As my family was walking around the park area I got to thinking of all the things God has created so perfectly for us to enjoy and use. Birds were flapping in the water, while the squirrels were chasing each other up trees. There were huge oak trees just waiting to be climbed. Do you notice people don’t climb trees as much anymore?

Then, I began looking around at all the man made sidewalks that went right through the soft grassy areas. At that moment, one of my family members began to walk on the grass instead of the sidewalk; and since my back and feet were aching a little from walking on the hard pavement, I decided to do the same. Instantly walking was much easier on my aches. It was cooler, too. I thought that I might hear a voice telling me to get off the grass since people were not really encouraged to walk on it, but thankfully I didn’t.

Then, I questioned to myself, “Didn’t God make this grass for us to walk on in the first place?” If anything, we should be telling people to get off the sidewalks that we humans worked so hard to make. God didn’t create cement sidewalks, man did. He made the perfect walking surface for us, not too hard and not too soft. It also doesn’t get too hot in the summertime.

Why would someone claim ownership over what God created especially for us to use? He created everything here on Earth for all of us to share. Nothing really is ours to keep. We are merely watchmen and tenants of the creation of this land. That tree in your yard is for you to enjoy but remember it isn’t yours to keep. Even our man made treasures are not ours. When we die nothing goes with us except our souls and relationships. But even those belong to God.

With the joys of spring approaching, we look forward to beautiful weather with all the busyness of nature that comes with it. Flowers are beginning to bloom again and the animals are once again becoming more active in their daily lives. Eventually, we will see new life being born. During these times remember to smile and give thanks to God for these treasures and to share the beauty of this earth with others. It is a wonderland! And when you have the choice of walking on the sidewalk or the green grass God made just for you, I hope you choose the grass. Don’t forget to take your shoes off!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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