As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea. It’s so high in its salt content that the human body can float easily. The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% ( almost 10 times compared to the normal ocean water). Which means that, there is no life at all in the Dead Sea; no fish, no vegetation and no sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. Hence the name: Dead Sea.
The other Sea is the Sea of Galilee. It so happens 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 the Jordan river. 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 so full of life, the other is dead. How come?
Here’s apparently 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 way 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 7 million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty, too full of minerals and unfit for any marine life.
So the Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. The result? No life at all.
Mind you, the sea of Galilee does not discriminate. It gives off its water freely to the open sea and this is what keeps it fresh and alive. This is what our dying world needs most today.
Think about it. Life is not just about getting. It’s about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee.
We are fortunate to have 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’s mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more everything, the results can be disastrous. Nature communicates to us all the time and this is one perfect example.
In the sea of your own life, make outlets; many outlets. For love, peace, happiness, joy and everything else you get in your life, make sure you don’t just get; give as well.
Open the taps and you’ll open the floodgates to happiness. Make it a habit to share and you will experience the richness of life.
Don’t be like the dead sea.