“Honor your father and mother”—
which is the first commandment with a promise—
"so that it may go well with you and
that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
~ Ephesians 6:2-3
Long life. It's much-sought after. So, too, the youth that might accompany it.
Every day and in every realm there are billions of dollars spent on beauty & health care products, as well as services. There's a burgeoning industry associated with plastic surgery of every iteration. Health clubs abound.
I have no particular aversion to these things, within reason. I am glad to see people take care of their health & appearance. My own bathroom is a beautifaction factory of sorts. I've got a Foofoo for nearly every conceivable project - - sort of a self-prescribed science (sounds better than "beauty regiman").
Life is good, and meant to be lived long & well. I like that. I'm grateful that we are promised a lifespan of some number of years, which varies from person-to-person. We all have a sense of the eternal. Somehow we know-that-we-know-that-we-know this ain't all there is. In fact, there's no "somehow" about it. We're hard-wired for it.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11
So it delights me that God doesn't leave us guessing about the "how to" of living out the numbered days alotted to each. What some see as restrictive & Puritanical is anything but. His freedoms abound, and our joy is made complete in them.
When we operate & function according to the Manufacturer's directions, we can be reasonably certain of contentment. Obedience is not a condition to be scorned.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will also supply and increase your store of seed and will
enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be
generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity
will result in thanksgiving to God.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
The thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy.
I (the Good Shepherd) have come that they
may have life, and that they may
have it more abundantly.
~ John 10:10
It really is quite simple, isn't it?
And to think that honoring our parents is a fountain of youth. That's a treatment I can afford.
PHOTO: Jim & Helen Grinnell-Wells. My parents - worthy of every possible honor.