I like coffee. Like, a lot. And thanks to the invention of the Keurig and the fact that my office is almost literally a hop, skip and a jump from the best coffee in Kalamazoo, I’ve become a bit of a snob about it. I won’t apologize, either.
So when a friend declared he was participating in the ActiveWater Two Week Challenge this past week, I found myself feeling totally guilty. I told him I would pray about it because the goal of this challenge is to fast from all beverages aside from tap water for two.whole.weeks. 14 days. 336 hours. 20,160 minutes. I’ll stop there because, well, that just makes it sound like an eternity and it
makes me want to cry really isn’t. It really isn’t because I have options when it comes to beverages. I can basically buy and consume whatever beverage I prefer. I try to stick to the healthier options and so I’ve only had water, coffee, tea or coconut water for the past couple of months (I haven’t had any soda since 2012, yay!), but I take even those for granted.
The fact of the matter is there are hundreds of millions of people in our world without access to safe drinking water. But, by partnering with an organization like ActiveWater, we can help to lessen that burden. And so for the next two weeks, I’m going to be drinking tap water only. I’m going to tally using a provided PDF the dollars I would have spent on other beverages, ahem, cofee, during that timeframe and donate the money to ActiveWater to help further the cause. It’s not going to be a huge amount, but it’s enough that I considered just how much I would save by not drinking coffee and was mildly alarmed.
The good news is, you can help too! Visit the ActiveWater website and learn more about them, their mission and how you can help. Download the documents and use their images to make sure everyone in your social space is aware (and don’t have to wonder why you’re so darn crabby!). And no worries if you can’t start tomorrow (ohemgee, that’s one hour away). You can shift the dates as necessary as long as you stick to the 14-day rule.
Everyone can sacrifice a little for someone else, right?
Matthew 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’