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Faith Filled Friday: The Hot Water Tank

January 31, 2020

by Connie Terpack

It sits in the corner, maybe in the pantry, laundry room, the basement, or even in a closet in the kitchen with the broom and mop. Most of the time it is ignored. None of your visitors ever remark on how pretty it is. Even though it is used every single day, no one thinks about it unless something is wrong.
The title of this piece gives the answer away, but stop to think a moment. How often do you pay attention to your hot water tank? Ours is 22 years old and I walk past it every time I go into the pantry, but I’ve never paid attention to it.
My husband noticed some leaking on the floor and took a closer look. There were two places dripping at the bottom and rust on the top from water leaking around the fittings. Not good. While he was looking, I happened to turn on the water. The top of the tank moved. Most definitely, not good!
I looked up water tanks planning to do an informational blog. Funny thing about how the most mundane things can be related to our Christian lives. Bits from the articles I read are in italics. It was hard to find verses that were suited to the water theme.
1 How does a hot water tank work? (also known as storage water heater)
Fundamentally, a water heater converts energy to heat and transfers that heat to water. It’s connected to a cold water supply pipe and has an outgoing hot water pipe—or system of pipes—that supplies heated water to faucets and appliances in a home or business. Once all the hot water is used, the tank then has to be heated once again.
John 7:37-38; Psalm 23:1-6
How many of us Christians are meek about sharing God’s love and plan of salvation? I’m one of them. I was not allowed to bring up faith with my patients, but if they brought it up first I was allowed to share with them. Many of them wanted to talk about God, especially when they knew theirs or a loved one’s time was nearing an end.
Are we connected to a good church, one that preaches God’s word and the plan of salvation? Do we read our Bible and pray on a regular basis to keep invigorated in our daily spiritual lives?
2 Should you heat water using propane, natural gas, or electricity?
When shopping for your next water heater, your fuel source will be the first variable to consider when sorting through options.
1 John 5:6-8; John 19:34
Which Bible version is right? My personal preference is the King James version. It uses a lot of old words and expressions that I find interesting. My Bible has notes at the bottom of the page which explain things, but there are a few that they do not cover. I guess I’ll have to wait until I’m in heaven to learn what those mean. I still believe the KJV is the most accurate version compared to some others that I have read.
3 Where is your hot water heater located?
We have heard horror stories of people trying to outfit their existing utility or water heater closet to fit their larger tank, only to find out that it would not fit in the existing space…
Psalm 65:9; Isaiah 33:16
We are getting a new 40-gallon capacity and our old one was 30 gallons. We wanted to go smaller, but they did not have any 20-gallon. Our pantry is narrow and a larger one might block access to the shelves so I would have to move all those supplies. That made me think of those Christians who had their lives cluttered with things that they think are more important than studying God’s word.
4 What is your starting groundwater temperature?
Groundwater temperature is important because that is your starting point. If you live in a colder climate, it is going to take more power to heat your water to 104° F, which is the average shower temperature.
Psalm 46:1-3; 55:10
My Christian starting point was when I was twelve years old. I was with the teen group when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I shared the news with my mother and she called me a liar. I was happy and figured she’d be happy too. I burst into tears and asked her why. She said she did not believe me because she did not feel it. I do not believe anyone can feel another person’s salvation. You can see it in their actions and hear it in their testimony. The joy, peace and love that Jesus gives each of us is ours alone. He has plenty to share.
5 How much hot water do you use at any one given time?
Many tankless units cannot keep up with the demands of high-flow fixtures, such as rain shower heads and spa tubs. Often, tanks run out of hot water when supplying to these high-flow fixtures as well.
1 Corinthians 3:6
I’m sure there have been plenty of times as Christians you have felt overwhelmed. Do you feel like you are praying more times some days than others? I pray often. I try to say a morning prayer, but often skip that. My first prayer would be when I got in the car to drive to work; then I would pray for each patient I saw; and my last prayer would be a thank you when I pulled into my driveway. God does not mind how often we pray and I doubt any of us will ever use up his store of love for us.
6 How does a tankless water heater work?
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only when you want it. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit and either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water.
James 3:12
Don’t be the kind of Christian who only talks about his faith around other Christians or at church. Share God’s salvation plan with others.

Sources: Heatworks August 08, 2017; August 16, 2018
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing January 16, 2017
Link: What are the signs your hot water heater is going out?

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