Discovering the Fountain of Youth

Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord
    and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. Psalm 112:1-3, 6

The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring of water that restores youth for anyone fortunate enough to drink from its waters.

Ponce de Leon’s search for it took him to Florida.

Herodotus thought he found it in Ethiopia.

Alexander the Great crossed the Land of Darkness in search of it.

Indiana Jones went looking for it in South America.

These explorers are all dead (well I’m not sure about Indiana Jones), but I have found the Fountain of Youth – I know how to live forever!

I was doing some yard work at my mother’s house when a man blew his car horn at me, yelled my name and pulled into the driveway. When Jamal was 17 or 18 years old, he was a participant in an evangelistic Bible Study I held in my home for 6 teenaged boys. At the end of several weeks of discovery and discussion, all 6 of the boys gave their lives to Christ.
For the next hour, Jamal, now 38 years old, talked with me about his walk with the Lord. He talked about how he was growing, the church he attended, the lessons he was teaching his children, the struggles he was having, the goals he was pursuing. He stopped at one point and said, “Mr. Perry, I just need to say, ‘Thank you,’ for all the time you spent with me and for all things you taught me all those years ago. I teach the same things to my daughters now.”

As he continued to talk, he mentioned that was pondering the thought of beginning to preach. I discouraged it. Surprised, he questioned me, the preacher, as to why I would be opposed to such a noble calling. I asked him to tell me what the sermon was about 6 days earlier. He could not. I asked him to tell me scripture from which his pastor preached. He could not. I asked him to tell me title of the sermon. He could not. I responded, “You can tell me virtually nothing about what you heard less than a week ago, but you can remember and share with your children everything I told you 20 years ago. What do you think had the most impact on you?”

I have discovered the Fountain of Youth: It is revering and obeying God and then investing your life in other people. When I do this, I will live on forever as generation passes on to successive generations what I have taught them about the word of God. The extreme wealth of my good deeds will never be ravaged by market crashes or economic downturns, but will last forever. The commitment to loving God and serving people will leave a legacy of righteousness that will not be darkened by evil, but will shine bright in the hearts of those who have been impacted by this faithfulness.

Do you want to stay forever young? The answer is not plastic surgery or a mythical spring, but faithful service to God and humbling serving others.

How are you living?

Forever young,

Jason P.

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