Not A Dead Sea

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Muhammad Ali, Professional boxer, activist, philanthropist

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. The Dead Sea receives beautiful fresh water from rivers and other sources but it has no outlet so no water passes out. With no outlet, the water in the sea goes dank, it goes bad. That’s why it is called The Dead Sea. It is dead because it receives but doesn’t give.

We are a part of nature just like the Dead Sea. As we receive, we must also give in order to not turn dank, shrivel up and die inside. In other words, generosity, caring for and about others is what gives us a joy-filled, healthy life. When we focus on ourselves…our own misfortunes, grief, slights, guilts, trials and tribulations…we lose the thread that attaches us to joy. We begin to unravel.

Affirmation: I find joy in giving.

Coaching questions: What keeps you from becoming a “dead sea?” What is one new way you can serve? What difference might it make in your life?

2 thoughts on “Not A Dead Sea

  1. We visited the DEAD SEA in 1995 with a large tour group that included a majority of clergy members. It rained while we were there which happens about 2 times a year in that area. And after the rain, we saw a rainbow. Everyone was talking about what a blessing it was to see rain and a rainbow. I saw most of the clergy journalizing the event and pictured the many sermons that would result with the theme of seeing a rainbow after the rain and the promise of life around the Dead Sea.

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