40 Days of Water

Several of my friends were posting on twitter and facebook the various things they were thinking about giving up for lent. I had been toying around with the idea myself, trying to decide exactly what I could give up for 40 days. I kept shooting down my own ideas because everything I thought of was too big of a sacrifice. There was just no way I could give up TV or chocolate. I finally convinced myself that I didn’t really need to participate in lent anyway.

Then I clicked on this link and it rocked my world.

Shame on me. Shame on me to think I couldn’t give up chocolate or TV for 40 days. (I mean, I would miss the Bachelor finale if I did that?!)

Blood:Water Mission reminded me with their 40 Days of Water challenge that there are people who would be happy to have something to sacrifice. It reminded me that there are people who make sacrifices every day just to get clean water to drink.

So that’s what I’m hoping to remember every day of this 40 day challenge. As I drink only water, clean water that I get with no effort, I pray that this tiny sacrifice will help me become innately aware of how blessed I truly am.

I convinced Matt to take on this challenge with me. You can read his take on it here. We started today. (Hence the water you see above:)) I will be calculating our saved expenses by choosing only tap water for the next 40 days and then make a donation to Blood:Water Mission. We would love your support and encouragement.

Are you participating in lent this year?


6 Responses to "40 Days of Water"

Eva Foster said... February 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I have never participated in Lent. It was never discussed at our church that I can remember. I was thinking of doing this also (thanks to you and your hubby's suggestion). Just need clarification on it. Milk in cereal, count as a beverage? Is it just cutting out the things you would normally pour into a cup a drink?

Alyson Costner said... February 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Eva I would say you could still eat cereal with milk. I had milk in my oatmeal this morning and will use it to make soup tomorrow. It's more about making a sacrifice to only drink water and then using the money you would have spent on soda, drinks, etc to help bring water to those who don't have it.

mike said... February 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Hi there - just a quick note to say THANK YOU for joining us on the 40 days of water challenge. We are encouraged by the response and your willingness to share the journey with your readers. Our friends and neighbors in Uganda thank you.
Mike Lenda
US Programs Director
Blood:Water Mission

Anonymous said... February 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM

thank you for the great idea. you inspire me to be better.

Eva Foster said... February 18, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I'm in! Thanks for spreading the word!

Amber said... February 24, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Awesome. :)