In eight days time, I turn 31.
Most people seem to have this weird thought about losing your 20’s, one which I never thought I’d get, or ever understand.
But it happened to me.
I got, completely out of the blue, these minor stressful thoughts where I kept contemplating where I was at in life, looking back in comparison to what I’d achieved only 10 years prior.
I’d played professional football.
Did a crazy trip to America when God told me to.
Went to Africa twice, helping the poor and needy.
Did my degree and then my masters.
I couldn’t help but think, what’s happened to that guy?
Where has my crazy self gone? Am I just a boring adult now?
Questions I didn’t like hearing myself ask. Questions that made me angry/sad/motivated all in one.
So I decided to get back to my craziness. I started talking to God about what I should be doing. I reminded myself that though it’s not normal to ‘hear voices’ it is completely normal to hear Gods voice.
I love hearing Gods voice. If it weren’t for Him, I wouldn’t have done anything I listed earlier.
God calls you to things. He helps to guide you in the way you should go. It’s not about Him dictating my life or controlling me, it’s about listening to someone that wants the best for my life - so that I can have a positive spiritual impact on those around me.
Scott is, as I would describe, crazy.
I saw in him a person that, at the age of 31, that did something which can only be God driven. He wanted to start a Charity that would provide clean water for the whole world.
Thus, Charity: Water was born.
After only a couple of short conversations, I realised that this man was someone I could relate to, and based on my experiences in my 20’s, could also relate to the incredible vision that he and his organisation have; to help and serve those in need.
I had to get involved.
So I started offering my help, with my amazing wife Beth who introduced me to charity: water. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, out of my late 20’s adulthood, and get back to living a life of challenge and discomfort.
So when it came to being asked to join the committee in the UK, I was both honoured, and scared. I knew this would mean that I would need to sacrifice time, and energy to something other than my PS4, and frankly, I didn’t know if I liked that idea.
My FIFA game has suffered, as my friend Niran can testify ;) but let me say this; life is becoming a much better challenge, and it's certainly not boring.
After the first committee meeting I couldn’t help feeling a sense of self annoyance. Being in a room contributing thoughts and ideas is one thing, but I wanted to do more. I wanted a life that God would be proud of me living, and the only way that will happen is if I get both my hands and feet dirty.
So I decided to donate my birthday. To give it up for the possibility of seeing a village get clean water for the first time.
To do it, it will take £7,500.
With big challenge comes outrageous solutions. So I decided that for the week running up to my birthday, I would #walkthewalk and instead of being someone that thinks words are enough, I wanted to throw myself 100% into the deep end.
I will walk everywhere for the week, that works out at almost 20 miles a day. That’s the equivalent of walking up and down the Eiffel tower 50 times. Every day.
Why walking? I found out the most women and children have to fetch the water in places like Africa. They walk an average of 2-3 hours and then spend a further 2-3 hours waiting in line for water which isn't even clean!
I don’t want to live in a world crazy enough to leave innocent women and children having to spend most of their life just walking for water. They are too valuable and deserve so much more than that.
So here is my challenge for you.
Don’t sit reading this, get all emotional about the challenge, and then go back to whatever it is that comes next in your day.