Thursday, December 10, 2009

It's Just Water

The water was shut off in my building today.

I knew it was coming.

They had signs posted all over the place the past couple of days. Something about replacing some valves.

Anyway, it totally bummed me out. I tried to brush my teeth - no water. I tried to wash my bowl after downing my morning mini-wheats - no water. I was going to shave and shower - no water.

Of course I could just walk across the parking lot into the health centre and shower and shave there. (Which is what I did). But as I was washing my hair (in the communal shower with the 2 hard-boiled senior citizens who had just enjoyed the hot tub) my mind wandered to Africa.

Here I am, upset that I had to walk across the parking lot and avoid making eye-contact with the saggy skinned man next to me in order to take a shower. Meanwhile there are MILLIONS of people that are DYING because they can't get clean water. And I think I've got it bad?

I don't want to over-spiritualize it, but God got my attention today. All it took was a tiny little inconvenience to reveal how selfish and petty I really am.

Check out THIS SITE. It's the story of one man who had it all, (money, power, respect) and knew that there was more. It's an amazing story, and you can be a part of it.

Maybe this Christmas you could take a couple minutes and maybe even drop a couple bucks to provide some clean water for someone who desperately needs it. CLICK HERE, save a life.

1 comment:

  1. thank you for this reminder, AJ. it really is far too easy to mistake our comforts for inalienable rights.