Carried away is the youth of summer love; Carried are the burdens in the bosom of the day. Carried is the seed scattered with the glove, which brings forth the beauty forever from above.
As humans we long to hold onto our outward beauty; we spend countless hours performing seemingly meaningless tasks, like: going to the gym, dying our hair, painting our nails, botox, lypo, diets, pills, beauty serums, shopping, surgery. And what are we left with at the end of the day…….The illusion of happiness?
In an excerpt from Shakespear’s Sonnet 54 we see the author embrace the truth that beauty is made more perfect by the substance of inner worth:
O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem,
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.
I am convinced that true beauty comes from with-in. For many years, I strived for perfection; Always, wanting to be the best: the most beautiful, the most talented.
I can say that the path to perfection and striving lead simply to nowhere; nowhere perhaps- except exhaustion, failure and depression. When we finally come to the understanding that the fountain of youth, and the attainment of the perfect body, personality, intellect is as illusive as catching your shadow on a cloudless day; you begin to seek meaning by looking with-in.
We have been created by an intelligent designer. God has given us a spirit and a soul which dwells in a body. At birth, we are born separated from God because of the fall of mankind into sin. We are born with a kind of spiritual sickness which cannot be “healed” apart from receiving the so-called “antidote”. The remedy for our spiritual sickness (the sin that has corrupted our fleshly nature) is found in the person of Jesus Christ…..The Son of God.
When the self-righteous religious people of Jesus’ day ,(whom He often called Hypocrites), questioned him about eating with sinners and tax collectors; this is what He said:
“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
(Mark 2:17). You see, until we receive the “antidote”, Christ Jesus, the Son of God who was sent to die for OUR sins on the cross and pay OUR penalty, we remain in spiritual sickness.
The word gospel means “good news”. The good news is that by believing and receiving the truth that Jesus came and died on the cross in your place, paying for your sin debt in full , you are not only saved from eternal separation from God (Hell), but you are also able to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is the living Son of God who rose from the dead. In Him – there is eternal life in which we remain forever young.