I have been turning this over in my mind for a whole week. I can't seem to get away from it. I saw this challenge on Preschoolers and Peace last week, and I thought, "This is a brilliant plan!"
It works like this. You choose to sacrifice your daily beverages and drink only water for 40 days. Each day, you keep a record of what you would have spent on the beverages you normally drink. At the end of your 40 days, you donate the money saved to Blood:Water Mission in order to provide clean water to those who live in areas of Africa where water is not readily attainable. (The plan is to set aside March 1st to April 9th, but you certainly could start five or six days late and go until April 14th.) Sounds like a good plan, right?
I think this is a spectacular opportunity, not just because your family will be a ministry to others in the world, but because forgoing choice beverages for 40 days could be revolutionary to your health! As in a Sugar Fast, going without reveals how our habits silently affect us. Since so many of our beverages contain sugar or sugar substitutes (and other unwholesome ingredients), we all would do well to eliminate them for a time. When the time is up, I challenge you to make a permanent change by only reintroducing them in moderation. Set a goal to make pure water 95% of your beverage intake.