Cutting out soft drinks is a good way to lose a few pounds. I find that most of my own eating and drinking is habitual, that is, I eat the same thing over and over. Cutting out habitual daily soft drinks will make stepping on the scale a pleasant surprise.
Soda is very addictive because it contains so much refined sugar. It gives the body a surge of energy that is very unhealthy but feels good. Over the holidays a soda or two can be a great treat. Unfortunately, it is hard to stop once we start, and replacing it with diet soda though it has zero calories and no sugar, contains ingredients that have been linked to cancer, stomach upsets, and other intestinal disorders.
Club soda is a good substitute because it has the fizzy water like soda and also quenches thirst. Thirst is often misunderstood by us because we have so many other things to drink than water. Thirst can feel like hunger, it can cause headaches, and prolonged thirst causes mild dehydration that saps our energy and strains our digestive system. Drinking six to eight cups of water a day may seem like a lot but not if we cut out all those other drinks and drink water instead.
The word of God is like water for our souls. The Psalmist likens our thirst for God as a deer panting for water, and when Jesus Christ talked with the Samaritan woman by the well, he describes himself as living water. The word of God eases our fears, anxieties and our loneliness. Christ’s hopeful message that we will live forever with Him softens grief, encourages us in illness, and seeps into our souls and minds to lighten the load of care and worry we often bear for ourselves and those we love. This is what Christ means when he says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Whoever drinks this (well) water will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring which will provide him with life-giving water and give him eternal life–Jesus Christ (John 4)