Cold cup of water
More than 1 billion people worldwide are without clean drinking water. I can’t imagine not having water to drink.
When I think about how easy it is for me to get a cup of cold water, I’m almost embarrassed by the fact that I am not more thankful each day for the water that I drink.
I am also a little embarrassed by the fact that even though I have easy access to water, I don’t drink nearly enough. Instead I drink tea or Diet Coke.
We have two bathrooms in our apartment, and yet when one isn’t working properly we feel inconvenienced. There are people that don’t even have running water -- and I complain when I have to wait five minutes to go potty?!
As I began thinking about this alarming statistic in preparation for my featured post for Blog Action Day, Jesus’ words in Matthew 10 came to my mind:
Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of those little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.
I think about how good a cold cup of water tastes when I’m really thirsty. Especially those times when I’ve just exercised or been out in the hot sun.
A cold cup of water is like a little slice of heaven. There’s nothing that tastes better. And I can have it any time I want. If I’m not at home or near a water fountain, I just stop at the local gas station and buy a bottle of water, not thinking twice about it. And yet there are so many people out there that can’t remember what clean water tastes like, because it’s been so long since they’ve had it.
Some of them have probably never had a cold cup of clean water.
I want my whole life to be a water wagon. I want to constantly be offering cold cups of water to those people who need it most.
So here’s how I’m going to take action. I turn 30 next week. I’ve heard stories of people being afraid to turn 30 -- but not me -- I’m embracing it. I have been wanting to celebrate turning 30 in some big way, but I couldn’t figure out what that was.
Today, I figured it out -- I’m going to celebrate my birthday like I never have before and raise money to help give people clean water. As a symbol of my dedication, I’ve given $30 in celebration of turning 30 -- that’s $1 for every year I’ve been alive.
Editor’s note: Check out Facebook to find ELCA causes, such as ELCA World Hunger, and "donate” your birthday.
Originally posted Oct. 15, 2010, at Soul Munchies. Republished with permission of the author. Find a link to Crystal Rowe’s blog "Soul Munchies” at Lutheran Blogs.