What does the fact that we are given dominion over the earth mean in Genesis 1:26? Well in regard to our person it means that we are created to learn and grow. As humans we do not do what we do primarily by instinct we do it by intellect as we learn and grow. This means we can change the way we interact with our environment. Ephesians 4:22-24 reminds us that we can “put off the old man…through the renewing of our minds …. and put on the new man” We can use our minds to change what we do and who we are. It also affects the way we live and develop. This means that as created we can change our environment and not just adapt to it, Mankind has the ability to develop initiatives, based on their ability to conceive of them. It also means that we are able to lead and guide. We have the ability to serve one another rather than dominate each other. Galatians 5:13 reminds us that we have the ability to serve one another in love. We must remember that dominion was not given to us to dominate the world but so that we could serve each other in making this world a better place for all of mankind and creation to be apart of. We do not have to see ourselves as others see us, we can see ourselves as God sees us and live for His glory and not our own. May we learn to live humbly and serve lovingly in this world that the Lord has placed us in.