Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Inspire Me Sundays...The two kinds of people.

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As I was cleaning papers the other day, I stumbled upon a beautiful story written by Bruce Barton, an American author, advertising executive, and politician. You might've heard it before but I thought I would still share it.

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                                The Sea of Galilee. Image via Tripadvisor.


THERE ARE TWO SEAS

There are two seas in Palestine. 

One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it, and stretch out their thirsty roots to dip of its healing waters. Along its shore the children play, as children played when He was there.

The River Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills. So it laughs in the sunshine. Men build their houses near it, and birds their nests, and every kind of life is happier because it is there.

The River Jordan flows on south into another sea. 

Here there is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. Travelers choose another route, unless on urgent business. The air hangs above its waters and neither man nor beast nor foul will drink. 

 What makes this mighty difference in the neighbor seas?

 Not the River Jordan.  It empties the same good water into both.  Not the soil in which they lie; not the country round about.

This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan.  For every drop that flows into it, another drop flows out.  The giving and receiving go on in equal measure.

  The other Sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. 

It will not be tempted into any generous impulse.  Every drop it gets it keeps.

The Sea of Galilee gives and lives.  The other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead Sea.

            There are two seas in Palestine.

            There are two kinds of people in the world.


I just love it! Do you?? My parents, actually, had a chance to see both seas last year when they took a trip to Israel, and they said that the difference is pretty amazing! What do you think?

6 comments:

  1. What a great metaphor for life. I want to be like the Sea of Galilee. This is a wonderful reminder to give and give and give.

    Warmly,
    Meredith

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  2. Love it! So very true on so many levels!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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