This morning as I was hitting the snooze button over and over again I was irrationally irritated by the fact that there were 24 ounces of water waiting for me before I could have a sip of coffee. I can sense your judgement... if you kicked the caffeine habit for your health that's awesome, for you! I actually admire your resolve. Maybe someday I will too, but right now I am not only addicted to coffee, I am obsessed with it. I don't just drink it to prevent a headache, I drink it because the perfect "huggable" mug brings me comfort. The smell of coffee wakes me up and helps me to get creative. I drink coffee in meetings because it helps me be alert and stay focused. (It also helps me to listen more and filter what I say because I take a sip before most responses. That 2 second pause has saved me from many regrets I am sure... so thank you COFFEE!) I know, I know... this is ridiculous but it's true.
As I stumbled to the kitchen I had fully convinced myself that I deserved the coffee after the night I had so therefore skipping the water was justified. Last night we experienced a giant leak in our roof, a power outage, children who woke up terrified because of every little sound the wind could possibly make, and once I was finally asleep the power came back on to remind me that I had left a lot of things on so I once again had to get up to shut everything off. Needless to say this morning I was tired, a little cranky, and very aware of the giant list of things that I had to accomplish in this state of BLAAAH.
I stood in the middle of my kitchen watching the coffee brew and taking in the life giving aroma that hot wet beans produce. I was ready to take in the goodness when all of a sudden I began to feel guilty because I have committed to drinking water before coffee for a while now and encourage everyone to do the same. I wrestled with feeling like I wasn't going to meet my water goal if I didn't start the day with water. My pride was screaming, "drink your water so you will have one good thing to report to your accountability group" but everything else was screaming, "forget them, they weren't here last night!"
As the internal battle raged on, the line, "will never thirst again" ran through my mind. I knew this was a Holy Spirit moment. I tried to ignore it, but it kept showing up in my thought process. I poured my water, sat down with my Bible, and waited. I waited to see what else would pass through my mind but I couldn't shake the thoughts I was having about water versus coffee.
John 4:14 says, "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." Jesus is the Living Water and whoever believes in Him will never thirst again. Meaning, that there is deep satisfaction and refreshment when we are drinking from the Living Water.
Physical hydration is vital to our health. Unfortunately, most people do not get nearly enough water in one day. Myself included. Proper hydration is consistently one of my daily goals and if I am honest I usually miss the mark. I allow myself to settle with, "Some is better than none." However, what would happen to my skin, my mental health, and my eating patterns if I was taking in the appropriate amount of water? Amazing things!
What would happen to my life if I got the proper amount of Living Water? What if I put as much focus on time in the Word of God and prayer, as I do in making sure I have 3-4 tumblers full of water before lunch? The overflow would be absolutely incredible!
What if I did drink my water and celebrated with my accountability group but I made sure that I had just as much accountability in my "spiritual sipping?" I believe that if I did that, I would naturally hydrate appropriately because the overflow with my time with Jesus would point me towards health and balance in all areas of my life. My mental health would be solid because I would continue to be refreshed and properly lay down heavy burdens that I was never intended to carry. If my intake of Living Water was daily where it should be I believe the people around me would be a lot less dehydrated because the overflow of my life would wash over them as well.
It is absolutely crucial to take care of our physical bodies.We only get one and we want to make them last as long as they possibly can! That takes work, proper hydration, and proper nutrition. But we are not merely physical beings. We have souls and a spirit and the spirit needs hydration just as much as the body. The spiritual effects of dehydration are much like those of physical dehydration; trouble focusing, fatigue, irritability, pain, and in the most severe cases even death.
We can see spiritual dehydration all around us as we look around and see people who have lost hope, people who are in destructive cycles they can't break, relational strife, global division, this list could go on and on. It seems like this is just the state of the world we live and that there isn't much we can do about it. However, I disagree. I fully believe that if a few people got the proper spiritual hydration they would water the hopeless around them. They would begin to see life spring up from dead places not only in their own lives but in the lives of others. I believe that if we are properly hydrated the springs that would run out of us would be unstoppable and it would effect everything that we have contact with.
So my question today is are you hydrated both physically (get that water in) and spiritually? Are you spending as much time planning your spiritual goals as you are in making your daily health goals? I promise, that these two things go hand in hand. I believe that balance is key and that when God is at the center of it all, not just in theory, but through practical invitation into your plans and goals you will see dramatic changes in your over all health.
Now, go get your WATER.