Monday, August 26, 2013

Thirsty?



So often we have heard about how important it is for us to drink water.  We know about the many vital benefits to our health that come from drinking pure water. In case you need a refresher, here are 5 quick benefits of drinking water!
 
1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles
4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
5. Water Helps Your Kidneys
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Since I began running, water has became a vital part of my health routine.  My regular running route begins at my home.  The average distance is 4-6 miles down a narrow, country road.  My home is in the middle of this road and it is 2 miles to either end and back.  In the summer months, I run to one end and back and drink some water which is left close by the road for that purpose.  Then, I continue on to the other end and back, the other two miles.  On days I go for a longer run, I again go past my home and stop to grab some water.  This keeps me energized and hydrated.
 
On a recent morning, I did my usual routine, but upon approaching the 4 mile home mark, decided to go a little further.  Not wanting to take the time to stop and get a drink, I kept going...running right by the water bottle.  As the sun beat down, the heat bore in and I was losing water through perspiration, my energy level faded.  My mouth grew dry and my muscles grew weak.  I made it to my 5 mile goal and then turned around to walk the 1 mile home.  Let me tell you, this was one miserable mile!  No energy, fatigue and extreme thirst had me kicking myself for not simply stopping to take in some water.

As Christians, the Bible tells us God himself can be called "the spring of living water.  That heavenly water of life is already available through Jesus. His invitation at the end of the book of Revelation: "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life" (Rev 22:17). 
 
The Christian life is meant to be come from a source (Christ in us) and be a source. to others. We receive and in turn give out from what we have received to others.  Through Jesus, we have a living, flowing river of life, love, grace, peace, strength and hope. 
 
To do this, we must stay connected. Daily through prayer and reading Gods' Word, we take in Living Water.  Remember, you cannot give out what you have not taken in! 
 
Daily life as a Christian, can drain us like the heat does to our physical bodies.  As we go about and give out, we need to be replenished. 
 
We too have to go to the well everyday with our jar because we live in the world. But Jesus makes the same offer to us as he did to the woman at the well:
 
Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again;
But anyone who drinks the water that I shall give
will never be thirsty again:
The water that I shall give
will turn into a spring inside welling up to eternal life.

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