Every morning, I stumble into the kitchen in the faint light of the early morning, grab my tea kettle and turn on the faucet. The water flows down smoothly and easily and fills the kettle, which I set on the stove to boil, eagerly awaiting my morning coffee. I didn’t have to go anywhere or work in any way to have clean fresh flowing water this morning. In my home, in my life, water is always there. It’s always been there and it will always be there. I never have to think about it or worry otherwise.
Another morning, I bound down the stairs to the basement to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer and when I get to the bottom of the stairs my foot splashes into a small puddle of water. My heart sinks as I look to the left and see that the drain in the floor is not draining correctly. So instead of the water from the washer going down, it’s just flowing out across the floor of my basement. This is the kind of headache that sometimes makes me wish I didn’t have to be a responsible, home-owning adult.
Over the course of the next week we are unable to run our dishwasher, wash dishes or do laundry the way we are accustomed to doing because of the drain issue. I will confess that my attitude was not good during this time. I was complaining and cranky, and my husband had to remind me on more than one occasion that I was being completely ungrateful for the fact that we even have running water, city plumbing, a washing machine and dishwasher at all.
“Would you rather not have those things?” he asked. “No, you’re right,” I replied. And I closed my eyes and thought about the many, many people in the world whose lives would be completely transformed if they had the kind of easy access to clean water that we take for granted every day.
Did you know that 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water? Can you imagine how different your life would be if you didn’t have instant and easy access to this life-giving necessity?
World Water Day is this Sunday, March 22, and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for partners to help them Pour Into a Thirsty World by providing clean water to 5,000 families. They are committed to 30 water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in 12 countries on three continents. As they provide this critical resource, they do so in the Name of Jesus Christ, offering His salvation and Living Water that never runs dry. Learn more and donate today!
The mission here at Live Renewed is to Live with Compassion, Care for Creation, and Impact Your World. I am passionate about living out my values through living a green and natural lifestyle that allows me to love my neighbors on the other side of the world.
We grow in compassion when we acknowledge that a resource like clean water is a gift from God and not something to take for granted because we recognize there are so many people around the world who do not have this same access.
We care for creation by embracing lifestyle changes that are both green and frugal – being a good steward of all of the resources God has given to us.
And we give of our financial resources in a way that will have an immense and meaningful impact on our world; on the people, families, grandparents, moms, dads, and children, who share this world with us.
Think of the impact we can have if we are living out our values to Love God and Love Others by joining with World Water Day to provide water for 5,000 families! For just $20 we can provide a daily source of clean water or help establish sanitation facilities and hygiene education to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. Make an impact and donate today!
*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Providing people access to clean water is something my family and I have been passionate about for a long time and so I am thankful to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to share about World Water Day with you. All opinions are my own.