Thursday, June 24, 2010

Two seas

By Dr James Dobson

Geography can sometimes teach us valuable lessons about human nature. There are two bodies of water within the borders of the nation of Israel, both supplied by the Jordan River. The Sea of Galilee in the north is fresh and is abundant with life. Surrounding it is lush vegetation of every kind and birds build their nests along its banks. Children are often seen playing along its shores. But not far away in the southern region of Israel is another sea that is dark and devoid of life. Very little vegetation even grows along its banks. It's called the Dead Sea for a very good reason.

What's the difference between these two bodies of water? Well, for every bit of moisture that flows into the Sea of Galilee, another flows out. The receiving and giving go on in equal measure. But the Dead Sea lies at the end of the Jordan River and every drop it gets, it keeps. It is therefore stagnant and polluted.

It seems to me that people are like these two seas in Israel. Some are generous with the blessings they've been given, and their lives are fresh and abundant and meaningful. But others are selfish and they tend to become stagnant with the passage of time. Indeed it's been said, there are two kinds of people in the world: The takers and the givers. The takers eat well, but the givers sleep well.

From TODAY, Voices - Friday, 11-June-2010

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