Dehydration

The harsh Texas heat will soon be coming to an end and the cooler temps are just around the corner. Is it sad that it was in the high 60’s the other day and it reminded me of Christmas? Anyone who was raised in Texas could probably relate to that sentiment.

The summer heat in Texas is no joke, so staying hydrated is so important! It’s fairly easy to remember to drink water when you are constantly sweating, though. On the other hand, it’s not easy to remember to stay hydrated when you’re in the same heat, but are also swimming in a refreshing pool. However, it is still just as important to drink water. 

For example, after my freshman year of college, I worked as a counselor at a summer camp in Arkansas. One of our top priorities was to keep all of the kids hydrated. Overall, it was a fairly simple task if you stayed consistent. However, there was one day during each session where we saw more kids become dehydrated than any other day.

Water Park Day.

This was the day where we were in the water constantly. And because we were in the water constantly, we neglected to drink it. While we felt cooled and refreshed, our bodies were becoming dehydrated without us even realizing it.

Before we knew it, a student would pass out from dehydration while surrounded by water.

I’m convinced the same can happen in our walk as Christ Followers.

We are surrounded by weekly corporate gatherings, weekly small group gatherings, and serving opportunities, but fail to take the time to spend time with God one on one.

In other words, we are at a water park feeling refreshed while our bodies are becoming dehydrated. Unfortunately, we don’t notice it until it’s too late.

We may not pass out from this type of dehydration, but we will more than likely face burnout instead.

So rather than a biblical thought for this Wednesday morning, this one will be short and sweet. I’d rather leave you with a simple encouragement based on what I have seen and experienced:

Don’t become dehydrated while surrounded by water. Don’t neglect the Bible and your alone time with God because you are too busy serving God. Don’t choose activities over a relationship. Stay hydrated so you don’t face inevitable burnout.

Be Mary. Don’t be Martha (Luke 10:38-42).

6 thoughts on “Dehydration

  1. Lori says:

    Oh, my. Your analogy is so true – we can ignore our need to take in that life-giving spiritual water, all while serving and living a Christ-centered life. Time in solitude with Him is my way to be refreshed. And it’s easy to miss that when all the “fun” stuff is easier.

    BTW – we spent 5 years in TX, so I completely understand your point about the weather in the 60’s! 😉

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