How could two seas, fed by the same river be so different? Both the Dead Sea, and the Sea of Galilee derive their water from the River Jordan. 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, whereas, the Dead Sea, which is a Lake, takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give and thus it has no life in it!
It’s so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% – almost 10 times the normal ocean water. 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.
Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colorful 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.
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 respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate like the water in the Dead Sea. Quite the Dead Sea mentality the 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. Even in your lack, there’s something you can give! You’re winning! Yes, we are winning!