Our Most Valuable Resource

If I were to ask you what our most valuable resource is, what would you say? Money, gold, jewels, oil? Actually, it none of these things. In fact, the answer may surprise you.

It’s water. Water is our most valuable resource—all life depends upon it. Many of the world’s deepest problems (poverty, disease, conflicts over land) can be traced back to the lack of water.

Today is World Water Day, an initiative led by the United Nations to promote awareness about those who lack an adequate supply of clean water. Furthermore, a recent report warns that the world’s water supply could dip sharply in the next fifteen years.

To me, this is all very troubling news. While working at a wilderness therapy program in the wilderness of Arizona I learned, first hand, the importance of water. Before we set out for the day, we planned our whole hike around water—knowing that we couldn’t survive without it. Water is everything.

I can’t describe to you how wonderful it was, after a long and grueling day of hiking, to put our hands in cold, fresh, running water, and take a drink. Water would wash away the dirt and grime and begin to heal our bodies.

But why am I telling you things about water that you probably already know? Because I’m not just talking about water—not really.

I’m currently in Ghana, Africa, filming several non-profit projects throughout the country. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to visit a village that had recently received a water pump that could pull clean water from the ground. I watched in amazement as the children gathered around the pump and played in the water. I pulled out my camera and filmed this:

Watching their excitement, I was suddenly struck by something spoken by a man who sat at a well over two thousand years ago: “[W]hosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

Angela Johnson's sculpture of the woman at the well.
Angela Johnson’s sculpture of the woman at the well.

So I’m not just talking about water—not really.

I’m someone who believes that a spiritual world works in harmony with our physical world. I believe that just as we need water to keep our physical bodies clean and healthy, we also need something to heal our souls. And I firmly believe in the healing power of Christ’s teachings—that it is living water.

Who among us would not be a better if we truly “loved one another”? If we forgave more freely? If we loved our spouses more fully? If we rendered greater service to mankind? Or if we loved our enemies? Whose life would not be better if it were drained of fear and filled with faith? Those are things of the spirit, and they are given life through living water.

In that sense, I believe that living water is our most valuable resource—all life depends upon it. Many of the world’s deepest problems can be traced back to the lack of living water.

Living water is everything.

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