Thursday, December 4, 2008

The fountain of Youth

Many years ago now, a man by the name of Juan Ponce de Lion traveled across the seas in search of a fountain whose water contain magical powers. His journeys landed him in what we know today as Miami, Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon believed that the waters of this magical fountain could heal the sick and keep anyone who drank of it eternally young. Unfortunately for him, he never did find the fountain and eventually died like any other mortal man. The key to staying young is not going to be found in magical waters or anti-aging remedies; the key to staying young is found in the way we live our lives. The Bible is wonderful in that it is replete with instructions regarding how to stay young and live long. The first key to living long is to believe in Jesus.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Although we may never escape dying, we can escape the power that death has over us. Jesus does more than give us a long life, He gives us eternal life, not Herbal life. It does not stop there, however. The Bible is full of many other versus that tell us how to live long and happy lives. Strange as it may seem many versus on this matter are directed toward children. For example:

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

What about adults? How do adults stay young? One of the best ways to stay young is to never think that we already know everything there is to know. Learning is a part of life. Learning, however, can only happen when we open our heart and have a willing spirit. The most wonderful thing about learning is that it provides us with a sense of newness every time. There is something special about learning new things that makes us feel young again. When we learn, we are drinking from the fountains of youth. Many people can testify that after having lived many years, they embark on some revelation that sparks a sudden and renewed sense of childlike joy. Though learning does not reverse the aging of our bodies, it does reverse the aging of our souls.

Psalms 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.


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