Many centuries ago, when God gave us Lake Jesus, the waters were pure and untainted. One could see clear to the bottom. The multitudes used to gather on its shores to fellowship and partake of the life giving and life sustaining waters. People would bring food and things they no longer needed, in order to provide, freely, for those who lacked or were in need. Happy, genuinely happy, were all in those days, as they encompassed the Lake of Jesus in sodality. Taking in the waters of Lake Jesus drove the people to kindness, compassion, and deeds of love and generosity.
From afar, the business partners of Pride, Greed & Associates observed this mass movement of the multitudes. They devised a plan to build boat docks and large resorts all around Lake Jesus. They intended to rent out boats and jet skis, and to offer vacation packages for the resorts. Many of the people protested and fought against it. Unfortunately for many of the leaders and persons of influence, money spoke louder than their own hearts, even in fully knowing the essence of Lake Jesus. Over time the developers won over those of whom they needed favor to approve their divisive desires. In their corrupted minds and perverted hearts, they felt that all they had to do is donate some of the proceeds to the surrounding communities to justify their encroachment upon that which God gave freely to all. They totally missed the point of community, fellowship, and stewardship over that with which God had blessed the people. Instant gratification, and selfish satisfaction of personal desires and emotions of fun became the atmosphere and driving forces around Lake Jesus.
Though the waters of Lake Jesus have been clouded and embittered, they still sustain life and purify hearts and souls. It just doesn't taste as sweet as the sodas and kool-aid being served up on its shores nowadays. There is so much distraction going on, in and around the Lake, that one never gets to the clarity the waters may provide. Many have moved away from the area, due to what has been done to and around the Lake. For they feel one should not have to pay or perform for what was once so freely given. Looking at the waters now, I wouldn't want to drink of it either. Yet, there are still little branches and creek extensions off of the Lake that are uncontaminated. They're just way off the beaten path. One would risk stepping into quicksand, getting lost, and even snake bite in order to get there. Bandwagons can't get you there either.
What's your soul worth to you?
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams