Cold Water

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Ray and I have been blessed with many wise teachers. One of them is our friend Dennis. He once told us a story about a woman who had grown up in terrible circumstances. Dennis asked her how she came to believe in God. She told him that though her home life was very bad, she had a neighbor lady who was nice to her, and that as a little girl she had decided that, since this woman was nice, there must be a God. Dennis told us that he is a strong believer in the long-term effect of doing little kindnesses to others, trusting that God will bless our efforts when we give “a cup of cold water.”

And whoever in the name of a disciple
gives to one of these little ones
even a cup of cold water to drink,
truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:42, NASB

2012 May Chautaugua and Civics 152

This water fountain is on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state. It is inscribed with these words: “IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND EVELYN HOWARD. THOSE WHO CAN DO. SHE DID. 1906-1982.” Who was Evelyn Howard? Was she famous? Did she do some great deed? I have no idea, but I do know some important things about her. Evelyn Howard had friends, she was a woman of action, and  her friends wanted to remember her with a place where people could get cold water.

God may not call any one of us to do some great thing today, but let’s keep our faucets ready for those moments throughout the day when we can give a cup of cold water to our children, to our husbands, to the lady who checks out our groceries, and to anyone else God brings by with cup in hand.

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  1. Thank you for this, I needed it. We live in a place where we do not have a homeschool co-op and we are in search of a church. So many times I feel that I am not much of a witness to the Lord but with this post I realize just the little things He can use. Such as the next door neighbors’ grand daughter comes to play with our two children when she comes to visit with her grandmother. I know her home life is not Biblical and has said she will never marry. I do hope she will look back one day and remember our family and though we are not perfect I know she sees something different in our family which is the Lord in our life. Thank you