Eight Glasses a Day
By Lisa Lakey
For years, I was an avid diet-soda drinker. After my morning cup of joe, I’d switch over to the second-most-beloved beverage in my caffeinated arsenal and consume three or four a day. I’m sure even my blood felt jittery back then (although I still have one or two a week).
Now I’m no health nut, but even I know diet drinks aren’t a body’s best friend. My body needs water to function properly. Eight glasses a day, the experts tell me.
I could go on and on about the benefits of good ol’ H2O. It aids digestion, helps with calorie control, and all your organs love it, even your skin. (That alone should appeal to me as I am now in my late 30s.)
But the best thing for my soul (and my marriage) is not water. Well, not the kind I find at my kitchen sink.
When Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, he found a woman whose soul was parched. But He offered her something far more satisfying. “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (verses 13-14).
Without regular connection to Christ—diving into Scriptures, being on my knees in prayer, seeking His response to my circumstances—I can’t be the spouse my husband needs. One that practices love, kindness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22).
And while taking care of my own physical health is one way to love my husband, eight glasses a day won’t help my spirit. My soul and my marriage need Jesus.
The good stuff: And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” (Revelation 21:6)
Action points: Has it been a while since you’ve felt connected to God? Consider how your relationship with Christ might impact your marriage.
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