This year I have decided to dedicate all my many miles to help bring clean drinking water to our brothers and sisters in parts of the world where it is not readily available in an overpriced, conveniently packaged bottle. :) Over the past several months I have realized just how selfish I have been with my time and my resources. For so long I have over-indulged while so many suffered without. Aware of their circumstance I have ignored their needs. It's time to make a little change. Change in my thoughts, change in my actions. My heart tells me I can no longer pretend like my $4 Soy Chai Tea Latte is justified when so many do not even have a drop of fresh water to quench a thirst that has been present their entire life. I'm far from perfect, but I know it is time to do a little more than I have been so that others may experience a fuller life. Living Water is an incredible organization seeking to pour love all over the world. I want to help.
When I began running, the miles were used as a release from all the stressors I deal with in life. Too many selfish miles have been run. The events in my life have been trivial compared to the hardship of living life without fresh drinking water. A single well for a village is much more than a hole in the ground quenching a physical thirst. Yes, it provides physically, but more importantly it provides a permanent reminder of love. A love that cared enough to give a gift. A gift allowing a basic need of life to be provided. Take a minute to imagine what that looks like. Its a beautiful image of what human beings are capable of doing when we put others above ourselves. When we allow our hearts to be emptied of the desire to accumulate worldly riches and be filled with love, we are able to hear the distant cries of our brothers and sisters, and may even feel convicted to respond. With Living Water our simple yes will, quite literally, mean life to somebody else. It's amazing how powerful such a small action can be. Our $0.98 can provide fresh, clean drinking water to one person for one year. That's unreal!
With that said, I'm in the process of making some life changes. Living smaller so that others have a chance at life. It is a process. A slow process of unlearning what secular society has taught me, and relearning what Jesus taught about truly living.
That's a little look into the reasoning behind my actions. I'm sure there is more to come, as this is only the beginning of a journey. I truly appreciate your love and support, and pray that throughout your lives you may be burdened with an unrelenting conviction to spread your love to those around you.