Day 14: Soda and Water
I had to drink close to 2 gallons of water a day for the 9 months that I trained for my bodybuilding competition. To bring this in perspective, an average bottle of water has 16.9 ounces. One gallon of water has 128 ounces, so two gallons has 256 ounces. That means I drank around 15 bottles of water a day! That’s a lot. That means I had to drink 5 bottles of water every morning, 5 in the afternoon and 5 in the evening. I felt like I was drinking water all of the time. Because of all the water I had to drink, I stopped drinking soda. There was no way I could fit soda in with all the water I was drinking. I chose water when out to eat, during a movie, at the vending machine, while at home, etc. I completely stopped drinking soda, and even now I don’t have much taste for it.
So many times, we struggle with the bad habits in our lives. Maybe we watch too much television, or we eat or drink too many calories at night, or we struggle with a bad relationship or we battle with negative thoughts. Whatever the bad habit is, focusing on it will only make it worse. It is better to fill up with something positive that will disperse the negative. We can start a new hobby, find new friends, listen to interesting podcasts or even start journaling. It’s not about ripping out the negative; rather, it’s about stuffing ourselves with so much positive that the negative can no longer stay.
Although there are many good activities in the world, the number one way to disperse the bad is to fill up with Jesus. Jesus is the Living Water, and He can disperse all the “empty” calories in our lives. When we consume a lot of Christian media (including podcasts, sermons, books, TV, movies, etc.) and devour the Bible, the ugly thoughts, emotions, behaviors, etc. in our lives will have no choice but to move out. We are called “jars of clay” in the Bible, and just like any container, we can only hold so much. Instead of embracing things that harm us, we can embrace God’s Word, which will transform us.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4.7 NIV).
God, I no longer want to focus on the negative things in my life. I trust that You are strong enough to change me little by little as I center my attention on You. I want to consume more of Jesus every day, so the darkness in my life will be dispersed by Your light. I know that if I read more of Your Truth, watch more of Your Truth, listen to more of Your Truth and think on more of Your Truth that I don’t have to worry about fighting my battles alone. When I put You as the center of my life, You will fight my battles for me, and I can rest in Your goodness and strength. Help me to realign my world, so that You become the most important thing in it. Only then will the struggles that plague me truly fall away and die. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- What are you struggling with today?
- Have you exhausted time trying to fight this battle alone?
- How can you consume more of God’s Word?
Consume more of God!