Oh what a relief it is! The cooler weather and the nice rain has been a welcome relief from the scorching temperatures.
It’s been so hot and dry, my garden has been withering, and I’ve had water on my mind. How often and how much should I water?
While I was trying to find the answers to my questions, I found that the average household uses about 408 gallons each day and about 148,920 gallons a year.
So how is this water being used? Most of it goes down the drain through:
- The toilet……………….26.7 %
- The Clothes Washer…21.7 %
- Showers & Baths…….16.9 %
- Leaks……………………13.7 %
- Kitchen use ……………10.7 %
- Cleaning………………….5 %
- Dishwasher ……………..1 %
- Other ……………………..4.3 %
As I was thinking of this, I remembered a conversation that Jesus had with a woman at a well. She had come in the heat of the day to draw water from the public well, and Jesus said to her: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The water bill has already been paid, so come to Jesus and drink deeply.
It’s enough to make you cry! You know what I mean . . the stinging sensation when your eyes began to burn after jumping into a swimming pool. Up to this point, you may have attributed the red eyes and stinging to chlorine in the water. I hate to be the one who breaks the news to you, but chlorine isn’t the chemical culprit: It’s urine.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that when pool goers go in the pool, the urine binds with the chlorine and produces chloramine. Not only is chloramine an eye irritant, it is also a derivative of ammonia that can cause respiratory problems among some swimmers.
If you find the thought of little tykes tinkling in the pool a bit disgusting, think about your stream of sins from God’s perspective. Jesus said, “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution (Mark 7:20-23 from The Message).”
Are the habits that define you ones of pollution or purity? Are they mortifying to God or glorifying to Him? I encourage you to live a life that glorifies God by clothing yourself “with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).”