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By Lou Vickery
Guest Writer 

The Sunshine Report


January 16, 2020

The Sea of Galliee and the Dead Sea both have the same water source.

The water that flows into both of these seas originates in the Hermon Mountains among the roots of the cedar trees in Lebanon.

It flows down clear and cool to form the Jordan River.

Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea have the same geographical climate. They both are surrounded by similar soil. Yet, they are completely different bodies of water.

The Sea of Galilee is a vibrant, life-giving source of water. It receives to give.

It pours out its riches to enrich and fertilize the Jordan Plain. It makes the entire environment around its shores a great place to live.

The Sea of Galilee gives with the same abundance that it receives.

The Dead Sea receives it waters from the Jordan River as well. Its surface and shores are 1,407 feet below sea level, making it the earth's lowest elevation on land.

The Dead Sea is about 35% salinity, which means it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, obviously making it one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water.

The Dead Sea’s salinity makes for a harsh environment. There is no life.

It is a place where plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name: Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea is truly a stagnant, impure body of water. It has no outlet. What it gets, it keeps.

Possibly the only useful things that the Dead Sea area gives are materials for cosmetic products. But as a whole, the Dead Sea offers little value to humankind.

I trust that you are a Sea of Galilee type person, not a Dead Sea type. I hope you are the kind of person who gives of yourself to add abundance to the lives of those around

you. If you could use a little touching up, here are some thoughts that just might add to your desire to give:

We live by what we get… we make a life by what we give.

The way we give is more important than what we give.

To gain anything worthwhile, we must give…and the giving always comes first.

It is not what we receive that makes life worth living… it is what we give.

We have not really given until we give away something that we think we really need.

If we give hoping to be rewarded, we are not really giving – we are bargaining.

We only get to keep what we give away, for what we keep for ourselves we will eventually lose… but what we give to others, we get to keep forever.


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