What does this verse mean to you" How do you interpret it? To me, this verse meant you make babies and you try to overtake the earth as your own, but that's not the meaning at all. We're meant to fill the earth, not just to fill it with an abundance of people, but with a community. And the subdue the earth does not mean to abuse it. It means to grow with it, to help it grow, and to take care of it. He made it our job to develop and build this society. God owns the world, but he has put it under our care to cultivate it. How do you live this out through your work?
I will be the first to admit that this is something I struggle with. As much as I know certain things will benefit me, it's hard for me to do it when I just don't feel like it, when I would rather relax than exercise or write or wake up early. As I continue to push myself to be a better person and a better writer, self-discipline is in the forefront of my self-exploration.