A few weeks ago I prepared a presentation for a youth meeting at church about the importance of staying hydrated. I thought it could be informational, so I’m sharing a [slightly] revised version here.
I hope and pray it will be inspirational for you.
Our bodies are made up of approximately 50% – 70% water. Even in our breath, we are continually losing water, and if it is not replaced, we become dehydrated. This process is often sped up by sickness, exercise, or heat.
When we start feeling thirsty, we are already dehydrated, and it is our body’s way of telling us that it needs water now! If we continue to ignore it, we will become fatigued, possibly develop a headache, and our mental and physical health quickly declines.
Drinking water has many benefits in our daily life. If you’re feeling tired, water can help wake you up, instead of a caffeinated beverage. Enough water helps to prevent muscle cramps and strains that can occur if you are dehydrated. Water helps decongest your system when you have a cold or flu, helping your body bounce back quicker.
There are certain toxins in our bodies that cause inflammation leading to acne, and by drinking enough water, we can help our skin by flushing these toxins out, which unclogs our pores and can help reduce acne.
H20 can help us think better! By drinking water in school or at work, you can excel in all you do!
So how much water should we be drinking? I’m sure we’ve all heard about the “8×8” rule: drinking 8, 8oz glasses of water a day. However, a better idea is to take your body weight in pounds, divide it in half, and the number you end up with is the number of ounces to drink in a day. Of course, if you are out in the hot sun, or if you’re exercising, you’ll want to drink more, but it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind.
Water can be very boring. Who wants to drink it when there are so many fruity, sugary, carbonated beverages around? If plain old water is too bland for you, there are ways to make it a bit more appealing. Some people squeeze citrus juice into their water, which is good. Another thing you can do is make “infused water.” This is easier to do in the summer, because more fruit is available. Basically though, you place chopped fruit or berries in your water and allow it to sit for several hours before drinking it. The flavors will seep in, leaving a pleasant flavor.
However you choose to do it, drink your water!
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all for the glory of God.” By choosing to drink water and take care of our bodies, we are showing God that we love Him, and giving Him glory.
For many people, being placed in the ‘friendzone’ is pretty discouraging. Popular culture and media has conditioned us that we need a relationship to be happy, but is this true? Since when do we need a significant other just to provide us with “happiness?”
In our world today, we see many important steps being skipped in relationships. Kids in elementary and middle school think that having a boyfriend or a girlfriend makes them cool, then as they grow older, often times teens and young adults become immersed in the hookup culture that society presents as normal. Relationships are based around selfish motives, seeking pleasure and fulfilment without commitment. Ultimately, this leads to broken hearts and broken homes.
What if, instead of being upset when someone told us they didn’t want to have a “special relationship,” we welcomed the opportunity to get to know people in a low pressure situation? Why couldn’t we be thankful that instead of trying to put work into something we aren’t ready for, we now may have an opportunity to get to know someone casually, to see if he or she would be a suitable person to someday have a purposeful relationship with.
Being “just friends” isn’t a bad thing! While it’s easy to be tempted to think that no one wants to be with you, instead, it may ultimately be a blessing. God creates friendships so people can spend time together in a healthy environment, instead of compromising their values.
And ultimately, we must remember that no human being can truly bring us joy and satisfaction. Christ fills up the emptiness in our hearts, and without Him, no friendship – no matter if it is casual or serious – can fulfil our heart’s desire for companionship.
Recently I had the opportunity to climb a mountain. Being [somewhat] out of shape, it was hard. My legs got tired, I got altitude sick, my feet hurt, I was thirsty, and sometimes I just wanted to turn back. However, I was determined to reach the top, and finally, I did!
As I was able to look down on all the world beneath me, all the pain of the climb faded away. Seeing the majesty of the view surrounding, I knew that I would climb those miles again, experience everything – all just to have the reward of that view, and having the satisfaction of reaching my goal.
That night as I lay in my sleeping bag trying to sleep, I was struck with the thought that my climb that day was very similar to what our walk with God is. It’s hard. People will make fun of us, things will be painful, and sometimes we might wonder why we’re doing it…maybe it would be easier to just quit. When we finally reach heaven to spend eternity with Jesus though, we will realize that it was all worth it. The pain, the struggles, the heartache – everything – will fade away, and we would repeat it all again to reach heaven.
It made me even more thankful for the outdoors, how God reveals Himself and His character to us in subtle, yet beautiful ways.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
I’ve heard and read verse 24 for a very long time, and I’ve always just been slightly perplexed by it. I knew that it was impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but I also knew that it isn’t possible for a loving God to keep someone out of heaven just because they have a certain amount of something. There are examples of wealthy people in the Bible that God calls His people. Take David for example: In Acts 13:22 God calls him, “a man after mine own heart,” and we know that David was wealthy.
My understanding was with that of the disciples when they said, “Who then can be saved?” If it was easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet it is impossible for that to happen and I knew that God loves everyone because 2 Peter 3:9 says that the Lord, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” how did this all work together?
Recently, it all finally came together. Every morning my Bible app gives me a verse for the day, and I either study that select passage or read the entire chapter the verse is found in. One morning, Matthew 19:26 was my verse to study. I quickly realized that the camel through the eye of a needle verse was there in direct correlation with verse 26, and that’s when it all hit me with crystal clear clarity. Just like it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it’s impossible for a rich man, or anyone in fact, to get into the Kingdom of God.
BUT, you have to read the entire verse! “With man this is impossible,” and here we see that it is impossible, “But with God all things are possible.” All things! Just as we see that fitting a camel through the eye of a needle is impossible, so is getting into heaven of ourselves, by our own works. When you add God to the equation, nothing is impossible anymore. By His grace, and through our faith, we can enter into heaven.
As I sat there, my mind was blown. God had come through again. His Word is perfect, as we see in Psalm 19:7-8. Everything is in perfect harmony, because God can make no mistakes. Not only did I discover more Bible truth that morning, but I saw more evidence that God and His Word are true and to be trusted.
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there is something peaceful about a quiet evening outside
the lighting is soft and golden
it cooled off a bit
i found some ripe raspberries
and a kitty
then i watched the sunset as a thunderstorm rolled in
i flew for the first time this summer, and i loved it
now i’m babysitting my cousins on a farm
the sunsets are beautiful
and so are the fields
i surprised myself by being athletic…and my team won!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.