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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: A Drink of Water
By Esther Phillips
02/22/07


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We were traveling through the Rocky Mountains on a rare day trip from the farm. The sparkling, clear water was cascading down the side of the mountain. The sun shining on it made it glisten, and it looked so inviting to our dry palates. My father pulled the car into one of the designated parking areas along the treacherous road. We ran to the area to get a taste of this tempting water. We held our jar under the water and caught enough to have a drink. It was cool and tasted so good.

I can bring this scene back into my memory almost as if it were yesterday. Another fond memory of a drink of water is also when I was a kid on the farm. We raised sugar beets. To enable us to have a bumper crop, it was imperative to hoe the weeds from around the beets on a regular basis. If we didn’t, the weeds would take over. As farm people, our livelihood depended on keeping the beets free from weeds. My mother and all the kids were the ones who did the hoeing. Mama placed a jar of water at the end of the field. We hoed up the rows and back again. It was always sunny and hot. I looked up every once in awhile to see if we were getting close to that jar of water. I was always happy when we got there and could quench our thirst, if only temporarily.

From the beginning of creation as we know it, water has been important to us. Plants, animals, and humans alike need water regularly. We couldn’t live without it.

We now can find water in a variety of ways. It is no longer just pumped up out of the ground or cascading down the side of a mountain. It is now being marketed as fitness, purified, and flavored waters. Manufacturers are even making “water” bottles.

As necessary as it is to get our daily quotient of water, it is also necessary for us to get our daily serving of God’s word. We hear that in these words, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3 (NIV)


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Joanney Uthe02/22/07
You made me thirsty. Great comparison to the importance of water and God's Word.
Jacquelyn Horne02/24/07
Jacquelyn Horne02/24/07
(Sorry, hit the button too soon!) A good piece to show the body's need for water and the soul's need for the Word of God. Some sentences were a little choppy to me, especially in the first paragraph, but the overall writing was good.
Kathie Thomas02/24/07
The message was good but I couldn't see the connection with sport or fitness - read through a couple of times, but missed it - unless it related to the work on the farm?