Feelings of Unhappiness, the Austin Water Crisis, and Other Things...

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Never have I known that one thing could affect my life so greatly.

water.

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Recently, Austin has been in a "water crisis" (read here if you aren't aware of it).  Essentially, tap water is not safe to drink so there are two options: boiling water to drink it or purchasing water bottles.

Through this experience, never have I appreciated water so much or known how one thing could affect my life so greatly.  Also, I have felt an overwhelming sense of privilege and blessing.

The fact that I am now "plagued" with the task of boiling my water and/or purchasing cases of water at the store just about displays my wealth.  I am not talking about myself as wealthy in terms of a mansion or a yaht.  No, I am talking about how much we have.  Our very needs are met.  Tap water is not clean?  No problem.  That isn't the case for a lot of people.

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I can't help but think about those in America and all over the world who don't have access to clean, drinking water.  Women that have to walk for miles on end with their water basins on their head, just so that they can bring some water to their family.  Meanwhile, I complain about having to boil water from my sink for 3 minutes.

I am not pointing the finger at anyone but rather just wanted to share something that I have been reminded of.

Additionally, I have seen the effects that water has.  My local Starbucks has been closed.  I have been feeling a little more dehydrated through the days.  I need to be careful of where I brush my teeth or when I am showering.  All of these things are affected by one object: water.

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In life, we can live like this too.  Have you ever had a time when something is happening in your life that takes up every part of your brain?  That, no matter how hard you try, it seems to affect your every day and every move?  What about a value of yours?  Are there certain values that you hold dear that affect most "normal" aspects of your day?

"...but whoever drinks of the water that I give him shall never thirst..." John 4:4

For me, as a Christian, I have been reflecting on what it would like for Jesus to truly be my living water.  By this I mean, He would affect my every move.  My every choice.  My getting up, my going to bed.  My getting coffee.  My attitude to strangers.  My attitude to friends.  Everything.  That if someone were to take Him away, (sike! they can't because Romans 8!!) my whole life would change.

{John 4:4-26, 7:37-39}

So, what is that one thing that is affecting the rest of your life?  Maybe it's hard to notice.   Maybe it's super obvious.  Take some time to reflect on that.  Who/what is dictating your mood, your decisions, and your days?