The latest (and greatest?) picture of Terra, captured on Earth day 2010. Its amazing that humans have progressed this far; imagine, being able to see half of the entire planet at one time. What next, to be able to simultaneously see the dark side as well? Perhaps, but I don't think that is coming any time soon. This picture brings to mind the close of the movie 2010, where Roy Schneider reminds us that we are only the tenants of this world and not the owners. To find the true owner, read the following passage from the book of Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 10:12-21 (WEB)
12) Now, Israel, what does Yahweh your God require of you, but to fear Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
13) to keep the commandments of Yahweh, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good?
14) Behold, to Yahweh your God belongs heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth, with all that is therein.
15) Only Yahweh had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all peoples, as at this day.
16) Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.
17) For Yahweh your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the awesome, who doesn’t respect persons, nor takes reward.
18) He does execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the foreigner, in giving him food and clothing.
19) Therefore love the foreigner; for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
20) You shall fear Yahweh your God; you shall serve him; and you shall cling to him, and you shall swear by his name.
21) He is your praise, and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which your eyes have seen.
(Deuteronomy 10:12-21, WEB)
Think! Consider all the problems that are out there; global warming, overpopulation, nuclear proliferation, aids, not to mention war, famine and a list so long that it would be downright rude of me to be thorough. But one thing is certain, most of our problems originate within the deep recesses of the human heart with a little problem called sin. I know its not fashionable to mention sin today, but it is necessary. Necessary, because in its diagnosis, there is a common denominator and that would be the human tendency of placing ourselves ahead of God's will for our lives. Not sure what that will is: read verse 12. Still not sure, go outside and look at the next full moon and imagine you could look back at Earth. You might see something like the picture from Earth day, above. Once you realize that everything you have seen or will ever see belongs to God, things will begin to change; starting with you.