Are you an average American? If so, you are now using 270 plastic bottles to consume an average of 35 gallons of bottled water a year. The Beverage Marketing Corporation believes that by 2017 that number will climb to 300 bottles each year.
I’ll ask the question again: Are you an average American? If so, you probably don’t know that it takes about 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water—for the metrically challenged 1 liter equals a little over a quart.
According to the American Water Works Association, almost 2/3 of all bottled water sales are single 16.9 oz. bottles and are sold at a cost of about $7.50 per gallon. You might find that figure amazing, but it is staggering when compared to the cost of a gallon of tap water or the cost of a gallon of gasoline.
With the on-going droughts in California and other places around the world, and the inefficiency and high cost of bottled water, I have to ask: Are we drinking ourselves dry?
I’ll ask the question one last time: Are you an average American? If so, you might be unaware of a wonderful life-giving source of water . . .
Jesus said: Drink this water, and your thirst is quenched only for a moment. You must return to this well again and again. I offer water that will become a wellspring within you that gives life throughout eternity. You will never be thirsty again.
The woman replied: Please, Sir, give me some of this water, so I’ll never be thirsty and never again have to make the trip to this well.
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with strange or random thoughts on my mind. When this happened recently, I was thinking of two statements that Jesus made:
- The first is an admonition to be discreet: Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
- The second is a command to be discrete: Be in the world, but not of the world.
As I thought about these two statements, the words discreet and discrete came to my mind. Even though these words are homophones, they are not synonyms. Discreet implies wisdom in your behavior or speech. Discrete means: distinct or separate.
What section of the Bible outlines a discreetly discrete Christian life? I think it’s the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
What change can you make to help you become a discreetly discrete person?
I had one of those nights. I went to bed at my usual time and woke up at the normal hour. Based on the number of hours I was in bed, I should have been able to call it a good night’s sleep.
But, it was one of those nights. I had one crazy dream after another. They were random and senseless, and I awoke feeling like I had not rested.
I did discover a new word. It’s a word I’ve never heard before, and I wonder if there was something in one of those weird dreams that lead me to the word GURFA.
The origin of GURFA is Arabic. It is used in reference to the amount of water that a person can hold in one hand. Other than discussing it here, I doubt I will ever give much consideration to GURFA again.
I’m not too concerned with the amount of water that person can hold in one hand. I am, however, very interested in the one person who can hold, in one hand, all the water you and the rest of the world will ever need.
Jesus is this person, and He said: “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life (John 4:13-14 ~The Message).”