CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR

October 5 Water Is Life  

 

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

If you’ve been exercising hard and feel the need for a refreshing beverage, there are plenty of options—but many are high in sugar and caffeine. That’s why nothing compares to nature’s best drink: water. It’s the best choice for your body. Since your body is continuously losing water, proper hydration is essential for your survival.

Dehydration is a medical term that describes your body not getting enough water. You need about eight glasses of water each day to be properly hydrated; water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight (75 percent for children). Your brain is made up of about 80 percent water and sufficient amounts of this simple, pure liquid actually helps you to think more clearly.

Water creates the best environment for your blood to flow smoothly, helps regulate your blood pressure, and promotes vascular health. One research study revealed that men who drank five or more glasses of water each day had a 54 percent less risk of having a heart attack than those who drank two or less glasses of water a day.

Drinking proper amounts of water can also help you lose weight. It’s been shown that those who drink a couple of eight-ounce glasses of water about a half an hour before eating actually eat about 75 fewer calories at a meal. So, if you’re thirsty, don’t grab coffee or a soda. Drink deeply of the liquid created by your Maker for bringing life to your body.

Jesus used water to illustrate the message of salvation. To the Samaritan woman at the well who was searching for hope, He explained, “The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). And to those who are parched, Christ said, “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts” (Revelation 21:6).

Apply It: Set a goal this week to drink between 6 and 8 cups of water each day.
Dig Deeper: 2 Samuel 23:15; Proverbs 5:15; John 4:1–26