“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.” ~ Robin Williams
I love this quote by Robin Williams. When I read it I thought of the sad ending to his life, and it led me to consider the fact that these things alone are not enough to live for. Many billions of people live their life for things other than Jesus Christ, but these things are all fading, and none will provide benefits beyond this short lifetime. People are so afraid that giving their life to Jesus will cause them to miss out on something that life has to offer. The truth is that the day a person enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ is the day that life begins. He is our maker, and He knows exactly what it is that we need and desire to sustain us.
When we write poetry about the person of Jesus Christ, we write poetry about the only subject that will never fail to measure up to our grandiose lines.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
When we recognize the beauty in the message of God made man, we recognize the only beauty that will never fade.
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15)
When we fully discover the romance in the message of the gospel, we discover a romance that will put an end to all other romantic pursuits.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)
When we truly experience the love of the cross, we will love Him because He first loved us.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.(1 John3:16)
Jesus is “who” we stay alive for.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
Photo: Sad Woman by George Hodan