In the summer heat we're often tempted to turn on the water. We like to use the garden hose to water our lawns and gardens, satisfying thirsty plants. We like to cool off by running through the sprinkler or sitting in the kiddie pool. We take advantage of the warm weather and wash our cars more frequently than we would in the fall or winter.
But fresh, clean water has become scarce in many parts of the world. And we can no longer act as though we have an endless supply of water—not even during the summer. Showing love to God's creation and following Jesus' instructions to give the thirsty something to drink requires Christians to conserve water as an act of faith (Matthew 25:35). Collect rain water and shower water and use it for irrigation or for washing your car. Instead of turning on the sprinkler or filling up the kiddie pool, go for a swim at a public pool.