Water From Another Time

Posted by David Waganer Aug 15, 2018 12:55:40 PM


Visualize an old, rusty water pump handle from earlier times. Use your creative juices to think of all of the water that comes as a result of priming the pump. Do you realize that water from an earlier time is necessary to prime a pump for fresh and cool water?

Recently, I came across lyrics to a song, John McCutcheon’s "Water From Another Time." The words to the chorus state:

"It don't take much, but you gotta have some

The old ways help the new ways come

Just leave a little extra for the next in line

They're gonna need a little water from another time."

What a great reminder of what faithful stewardship is all about. We are beneficiaries today from a long line of stewards who have left "a little water from another time.”

How are you doing by leaving your stewardship watermarks in the bucket for others coming after you?  The last verse of the song states:

"Newborn cry in the morning air

The past and the future are wedded there

In this wellspring of my sons and daughters

The bone and blood of living water

And, though Grandpa's hands have gone to dust,

Like Grandma's pump; reduced to rust,

Their stories quench my soul and mind

Like water from another time."

Be a faithful steward today. Allow the water you pump-up to impact the world's lostness with the joy you have found in Christ. For He is the stream of LIVING WATER! (John 4:7-38)

About the Author/David Waganer

David served as senior pastor for a number of churches before spending more than two decades providing interim leadership to churches going through transitional periods, including his former role at New Heights Church in Columbia, South Carolina. A writer and transitional pastor trainer, he also served on the Baptist State Convention staffs in South Carolina, Oklahoma and Missouri and currently is executive coordinator for the national Stewardship Development Association. He received his doctorate of ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also holds two master’s degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Karen, his wife of 43 years, have two children and six grandchildren.

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