I once read a poem
It talked of how people want to stand in a happy place
When reading poetry
But I think that goes further than poetry
How true is it that people want happiness
Even at the cost of just a mask of reality?
The logic of if we ignore the pain maybe it doesn't exist
Or if we point out the beauty then the brokenness will go away
But you can't have beauty and health without overcoming the brokenness and the pain
So even though culture today will focus on the now
That doesn't remove the past
Even though culture today will promise to satisfy your desires
In reality it will just whet your appetite for fleeting things
Like a man, thirsty and lost a sea
Drinking salt water will only dehydrate him
Even though he's surrounded by innumerable gallons of water.
So you can mask the emotions that this world deems negative
But it actually will suppress those that world views as acceptable
So as for Christ
Though his death was one of pain and suffering
That pain and suffering gave birth to my eternal joy and hope
Without His death there wouldn't be room to experience
The small beauty and happiness here on earth
Or the eternal life
The victory is Jesus
Death has lost its sting
Yet we aren't of this world
So we don't have to mask our reality
Our reality can be one of eternal hope
But there is a cost
You can trade earthly troubles and receive eternal hope
But it will cost you your life.
You can trade earthly sorrows and receive eternal love
But it will cost you your life
You can trade earthly life and receive eternal life
It will cost you your life
How does one receive eternal life
If the cost is your life?
That sounds like a confusing paradox
Surrender your life to Christ.
Die to yourself and He will make you HIS.
It's better than anything this earth has to offer.