I'm Not Like the Dead Sea, I'm the Sea of Galilee

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"The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clean and cool, from the heights of Herman and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. the Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep." - Henry Emerson Fosdick

I learned about this beautiful quote of Henry Emerson Fosdick because of the book "Do Less, Be More" by John Busacker. It was a beautifully-written and very helpful book for people who really want to have a focused and engaged life. The book contains a lot of lessons on how to say "no" courageously to peripheral and less important things so you can say "yes" more judiciously to essential and important things.

Let met tell you a bit about the Sea of Galilee. This is otherwise known as the Lake of Tiberias. It is beautiful and clear all year round and it is inhabited by a lot of fish and other freshwater organisms. This lake also suplies water to the population centers of Israel. In the past, this is the main source of drinking water in the whole Israel. Nowadays, it supplies around 10% of Israel's drinking water needs. For almost two millenia, this lake also serves as home to different plants and animals. It houses phytoplanktons, zooplanktons and different fish species. The Sea of Galilee is really very helpful to the people around it.

Water from the Jordan River flows through the Sea of Galilee. It takes in water from the Jordan River and different underground springs. The Sea of Galilee has an outlet. A lot of nutrients that it has taken in from the Jordan River is being used to fertilize the Jordan Plain. It also supplies water to the Dead Sea which serves as reservoir of the water. Because of these outlets, majority of the materials and chemicals supplied by the river do not accumulate up to a very toxic level. This is the very reason why the Sea of Galilee can sustain life, it takes in, it receives supply from the River Jordan but it also gives and pours water to the surrounding plains and the Dead Sea. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out so that it can give benefits to the living creatures in it and the plains around it.

The water flowing from the Jordan River can sustain life until it reaches a dead end, the Dead Sea. The dead has no fish and other aquatic life living in its water. It is very salty that it is already toxic to these life forms. The main reason for this is the lack of outlet of the Dead Sea. All the water that flows into the Dead Sea escapes only through evaporation. When water evaporates, all the salt are left behind and accumulate in the sea.

I have several points why I want to talk about having outlets in life. John Busacker shared in his book that everything we received is a gift. Even our daily breath is a gift from God. When we receive a lot of blessings, we try to share it to other people. We want to give more when we receive great blessings. This is likened to breathing. The rhythm of breathing is inhale and exhale and then repeat again. When we try to hold our breath, when we just inhale and don't exhale, we will surely die. 

We have our own gifts. We have different qualities that make us helpful and useful to the people around us. When we try to use these gifts, a lot of people around us benefit. It is very important to give generously and giving is not just about material things. You can also regift your life to the people around you. Share your life to your loved ones, friends, schoolmate and workmates. You will never know how your life can be an inspiration and encouragement to the people around. You have to find a LIFE BOARD. It is a strong support system composed of trusted people who offer support, counsel and wisdom. Life board members are accountable to the lives of every member in the group. By doing this, you already have an outlet, and you are actually helping other people find an outlet in you.

In the greater scheme of things, we have our own role to fulfill. Most of the time, when we dont do our part, people around us get affected, things can get out of control and it might be very dangerous for some people around us. When we don't use our gifts, our talents and our life, something like the the Dead Sea occurs. The Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep. It receives a lot of supply from the Jordan River but it has nowhere to channel the water supply. The Dead Sea accumulates all the minerals, salts and nutrients from the Jordan River. It gathers so much of these materials that the levels already reach toxic levels. This is the reason why the water is useless for life, irrigation and consumption. When we don't share our life to other people, we become self-centered and we start to love and care less for the people around us. Along the way, we kill and destroy a lot of relationships with the people around us. 

Remember that the same water flows through the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. We all receive our gifts from God. The greatest of which is His love for us. Helpful and selfish peole are made of the same substance (hello almost 99.99% of our genes are similar!). The difference lies with how we live our lives. It depends on us whether we will use and share our gifts to help other people or we will just use it for our own sake. 

Share your life to other people. When you have opportunity to give, give! It does not always have to be money, it can be food, drink, book or even your time, love and your life. Why give? Because you have received. You received everything from HIM. God bless you.

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