February 11 - 17, 2008
Here is a 2005 archive column. Enjoy
No hot water: A first-world dilemma
Pity me! The hot water heater in my house bit the dust last week.
Pity me! I'm reduced to heating water in a pan on the stove for dishwashing and shaving. I'm taking showers at the YWCA.
Pity me! The plumber had to special order the shorter unit that will fit in my crawl space, and with his busy schedule I've had to go more than a week now without hot water, including a whole weekend!
I need your pity because I probably won't get much from the 1.1 billion people in the world who lack safe, clean, plentiful drinking water, according to the United Nations. Or from the families of the 3 million people who die each year from preventable water-related illnesses, according to the World Bank. Or pity from the millions who have to get water from an outside source and carry it home. Or from the millions who have running water but can only dream of hot water.
My hot water dilemma reminds me how many blessings we take for granted as citizens of a safe, wealthy, industrialized nation. We are so used to peace, freedom, plentiful food and safe water that we forget what blessings they really are. These are the blessings that newcomers to our shores unfailingly appreciate.
Personal stewardship begins with an attitude of gratitude for the gifts that God has given us, and gratitude becomes difficult when we take our everyday blessings for granted.
My weeklong experience without hot water has reminded me to appreciate anew the abundance that God is giving me: Good health, a great family, wonderful friends, a job, a house, running water, central heat, electricity, a car, and life in a free and peaceful country.
It's everything I need. More than most of the world's people have. So I can share more, right? How about you?
Rob Blezard, webmaster and editor
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