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The mustard seed

What quote am I vibing? "Another parable he put before them, saying, 'The kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.'" Matthew 13: 31-32

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 32

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 376

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 900

It has been a pleasure for me to attend Zoom services with Rutherford United Methodist Church - the church where I was most recently a member, prior to moving to Florida. I grew up in small Methodist congregations, and this is where I feel most at home in church. RUMC has a new Pastor, Heeyoung Lim who is very open and passionate about building up all people, especially those who have typically been marginalized. He also, excitingly for me, is very Earth-conscious in his own life, and interested in finding ways to make the Church more green and sustainable.

I was happy to be reminded of the mustard seed during yesterday's service - I purchased a necklace a couple years back with a mustard seed to remind me that starting with tiny actions, we can achieve greatness. A continuous message of hope and faith.

This week at the beach, I encountered two women and a little dachshund while I was attempting to fill in a huge hole that had been left by kids playing in the sand.

"Can we help you fill in this hole?"

"Please, I would love that!"

"Anything for the turtles."

After a few moments of quiet kicking, I let them know that I always feel a little silly doing this, like people will think I'm crazy. "I wish more people understood," one of them said.

Me too. And together, with the little puppy, we filled that hole in a much shorter time than it would have taken me alone. Tiny acts leading to significant changes and great rewards - that is how our planet and we as humans will survive and thrive. (And the turtles and dolphins too! 😉)

July 27. Stuart Causeway, East Island. 3 pounds. For Keep Nature Wild Impact Day.

Wendy and I saw 8 - 10 dolphins while enjoying socially distanced breakfast at the causeway! They were awesome. :)

July 21. Stuart Causeway - West Island. 12 pounds. For Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.

July 22. Kiplinger Nature Preserve. 1 pound. For Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.

One of the gorgeous habitats at Kiplinger Nature Preserve.

July 24. Bathtub Reef Beach. 10 pounds. With Brian, for Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.

July 25. Kanner & Central. 6 pounds. For Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.

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