I am starting all over again. I read a talk yesterday about people in poor countries and how one woman had to walk 9 miles a day to get water. Matthew Heaps writes:
“I will always be grateful to a woman in Kenya, Africa, who taught me about willingness to work to obtain water. I met her at a celebration following the installation of a well in her community. With gratitude she told me that the new well would cut her daily nine-mile (14 km) trip to get water to a one-mile (1.6 km) trip. She was overjoyed at the opportunities that would now be hers.
I couldn’t help but think how I would feel if I had to walk a mile to get water. I was impressed that she put everything—from housework to gardening—aside while she made her journey to fetch water. She knew she couldn’t complete the other tasks without that water. I thought about how heavy her burden was. Carrying water takes strength and endurance. Yet, for the sake of her family, she was willing to walk nine miles every day to get it.
I wonder if we who get clean water from taps in our homes sometimes expect to come unto Christ with the same ease as turning a knob to get a glass of water. Or are we willing to put aside other tasks, even important ones, to seek to know Jesus Christ and His Father?”
“Drink Deeply of the Living Water” by Matthew Heaps; Ensign July 2011
I need to be as desperate and willing to go to the living water (the scriptures) each day as those people who travel miles to get water. Sickness and death accompany poor or inadequate drinking water. I would die without drinking water, and I will die without drinking from the scriptures. There are many important things I need to do each day. I am a mother, and teacher. I am responsible for my children, it will take faith and a lot of work, but I need to… put myself first that is. Is it really putting myself first to want/need to read the scriptures, bathe, put on a little makeup? I used to think these things were selfish and it’s not good to be selfish. Perhaps I need to change my thinking. Perhaps I need to see these things as filling up my water so that I may give to my children. I feel better when I read and study the scriptures, write in a journal like I am doing now, exercise, take a shower, put on nice clothes instead of staying in my pajamas all day, and when I put on makeup. I feel good on the inside and out when I take a little time for myself—I used to think it was vain to spend a lot of time on yourself. I guess it all comes back to balance. I need a drink!