Surviving or living?



A man was on a ship that sank.  He was all alone treading water.  He thought he was going to die and was terrified.

As he was facing his final minutes, he noticed debris floating on the water.  He climbed on the debris and was saved. He was exuberant that he was going to live.  A day and night passed.  He had no water or food and was severely sunburned.  He now wished he would have died in those last few minutes because he was now miserable.

After two long days and nights he washed up on a tropical island.  He swam ashore and rejoiced that he was now on land.  There was water, food and shade.  He built a shelter.  After a few weeks he grew tired of the diet of coconuts and he was very lonely.  He was miserable, lonely, still hungry and frustrated with his life.

A few months went by and one day he was rescued from the island.  Taken to a hospital, he was clothed and fed.   Even as he recovered, he was overwhelmed by the miracle of being saved.

When he was strong enough he returned to his home and family.  He was so full of joy that he hugged and kissed his family and told them how much he loved them and missed them.  He ate and gained his weight back.  He returned to work.   Months went by.  Years went by.  One day he woke up and asked, “what am I doing here?  I go through the same motions every day.  I eat the same food.  I am trapped in the same monotonous routine every day and there is no purpose.  I am hungry, thirsty and lonely.  Everyone just passes by without really saying anything.  I would be better off alone on my island.”

Where is your hope?  Where is your purpose?  What is your food?  What is your water? Are you alone just passing time trying to survive or are you truly living?

John 4:13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”


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