In all my health-improvements over the past year, one thing I’ve really struggled with is drinking enough water. I don’t know why that has been so tough on me, but I just don’t do it. I just don’t drink enough water.

I have known that throughout this year, but it took me until last week to decide to do something about it. I looked it up and discovered that I should be drinking about 2 litres (67oz for my American friends) per day. For the past week I have been filling my 1L water bottle twice a day and doing everything I could to make sure that I emptied it both times. All that is in it is water with a few drops of lime juice for flavor.

So far, I’m doing pretty well. I haven’t noticed any huge change in how I am feeling, but I have read articles that say that drinking the proper amount of water will help with weight loss, so I am hoping this will help me get through the last 20 pounds or so that I have to lose.

In the Bible, water can be a blessing or a curse. It is in the river that Jesus is baptized an the Holy Spirit descends upon him like a dove (blessing). It is through 40 days of downpours that the earth is destroyed in Noah’s day (curse). In Elijah’s life there was a time where God let him to a place where there was a clear brook and the ravens of the air brought him food (blessing) but then, when God was ready to move him on the brook ran dry (curse??). For the Jewish slaves the waters of the Red Sea parted (blessing) and then the closed again, bearing the Egyptians away (a blessing for the Jews, but a curse for the Egyptians).

I think water, like most things, is neutral – not inherently good or bad, but capable of being either given the right circumstances and reactions. I am glad that I have change my poor relationship with drinking water into a good one. And I hope it will be a blessing!

 

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