In today’s post, I am going to use an analogy to highlight that a million-dollar account or any fancy luxurious objects you may dream about do not make your life rich. What makes it worth is something within everyone's reach! Yup, you can live an abundant life, provided you start giving. Giving makes life rich, way MORE than receiving does!
Let the story below inspire you to start giving so that you’ll open the floodgates for an abundant life.
THE TWO SEAS
In Israel there are two major bodies of water; one is the Sea of Galilee and the other is the Dead Sea - which are actually lakes!
The former is teeming with life. It contains over twenty species of fish, some found nowhere else in the world.
Its shores are full of birds, and lush with vegetation.
The latter - which is one of the most intriguing natural phenomena on Earth - conversely, lives up to its name, it contains no life at all!
Neither vegetation, nor fish, nor any living creature live in it or close to its water.
What’s interesting is that both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are fed by the same river, the Jordan.
Same region, same source of water, and yet, one sea is full of life, while the other is dead. How come?
While the Sea of Galilee receives water from the Jordan River, and then the water flows out, the Dead Sea - which is 427 meters below sea level - has no outlets.
Thus, water can only flow into the Dead Sea, BUT not out.
The only way for water to escape the region is through evaporation.
Estimates suggest that up to 7 million tons of water evaporate each day leaving any impurities behind.
As a result, the Dead Sea has the most salty and mineral-laden water in the world.
It is almost 10 times saltier than ordinary seawater!
That’s why you can float effortlessly in it, that’s why, if you get too much water in your eyes, you can go blind, that’s why, if you get too much water in your stomach, you can die, and that’s why, there’s no life at all.
The same holds for your life!
If you only receive, but you don’t give, your life gets bitter and lifeless like the Dead Sea.
Are you like the life-threatening Dead Sea or the life-giving Sea of Galilee?
As the two Seas receive water from the river Jordan, we also receive knowledge, resources, talents, love, and respect.
BUT, if we do not give and share what we receive, we may also end up like the Dead Sea. The knowledge, resources, talents, love, and respect we receive may also evaporate.
However, if - like the Sea of Galilee we give back, sharing what we have - we can enrich our lives with joy and happiness.
We become ready to receive more and share more, ultimately we become ready to live an abundant life.
“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have”. - Jim Rohn
Therefore, the only way to live an abundant life is to have an outlet - to pour out part of what the Universe, God, or whatever you believe in pours into your life.
What COMES IN, has to GO OUT.
Be like the Sea of Galilee, teeming with abundance and life.
Please bear in mind that:
“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love, or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give”. - Steve Goodier
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6 thoughts on “GIVING MAKES LIFE RICH – A LESSON FROM TWO SEAS”
This post Christian really helped me tonight.
It helped me by softening my heart and remembering who I am, and what I can give.
Sometimes in hurt , giving kindness, respect and giving time is the last thing you want to give to those who hurt you , but tonight you made me remember that I can continue to give with open arms, with a heart of love , with a heart of understanding. We cannot control others , how they are , but we can choose to continue to be a good person and give with a good heart.
I am glad to read you found this post useful Christine. I love what you wrote, “We cannot control others, how they are, but we can choose to continue to be a good person and give with a good heart”. Thanks for sharing your thoughts😃
I agree 100%!
That reminds me of a story about a man who met some magic duck or some other monster and was promised all the riches in the world and he could spend it all but only for himself and no one else.
He thought it was great and in the end he became bitter unhappy and lonely.
I’ve never come across the story you described, but now I am curious about it and I will do my research to find and read the story. Thanks for sharing Mikolaj😉
What you do shows who you are, what others two shows what they are.
I agree with you Mikolaj. The way you behave shows a lot about who you are, your traits, and your values.