Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sea Of Life And Sea Of Death

A Tale Of Two Seas

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Sitting in the Geography cl-ass in school, I remember how fascinated I was when we were being taught all about the Dead Sea . As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake , not a sea. Its so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea . No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead sea .And hence the name: Dead Sea .

While the Dead Sea has remained etched in my memory, I don't seem to recall learning about the Sea of Galilee in my school Geography lesson. So when I heard about the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea - I was intrigued. Turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea . Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from river Jordan . And yet, they are very, very different.

Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colourful marine life. There are lots of plants. And lots of fish too. In fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes.Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead. How come? Here apparently is why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out - and that keeps the Sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life.

But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet.The water flows in from the river Jordan , but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over a million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty. Too full of minerals. And unfit for any marine life. The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. Result? No life at all.

Think about it. Life is not just about getting. Its about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee . We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea . The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea .

If we get the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more everything the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets. Many outlets. For love and wealth - and everything else that you get in your life. Make sure you don't just get, you give too. Open the taps. And you'll open the floodgates to happiness.

Make that a habit. To share. To give. And experience life. Experience the magic!

"When you give, without doubt someone will be blessed to receive it. But as you give, you will be more blessed than that someone who has received from you because you are collecting eternal treasures in heaven as you give out trusting God to provide for your own need, along with that you are getting positioned to be a blessed dispenser of God's blessings and a extension of God's hand to others from heaven to the earth. There is no greater feeling of blessedness on earth than to be a ambassador of God, and without doubt the appointment for the post starts the day we start to learn how to give and share without expecting anything in return from anybody except God." — Abraham Israel

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow! amen! Thank you for sharing! you are the sea of galilee!!