Women are DYING to find the fountain of youth. Why do we have to grow old? Why can't we just stay beautiful forever? Who's idea was this? I totally get it. I'm in my 20's right now and I wish I could freeze time. One day I will have wrinkles and gray hair...at least I hope so, I want to live for awhile. But if only my beauty didn't have to go with the age lol
Take a look around at all of the media and magazines that desperately try to help women stay younger, smaller, and fit. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay vibrant and healthy, but this desire has turned into an attention-seeking monster.
The Fountain of Youth, today, is called Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It can be divided into two categories:
Reconstructive Surgery - treating burns, accidents, or illness to improve the function of the body.
Aesthetic and Cosmetic - voluntary surgery that improves the appearance of the body.
In other words, there are two types of people who receive plastic surgery:
Someone stricken by negative circumstance that has caused the body to not function properly.
Someone who is not satisfied with the appearance of their natural body.
Numbers Don't Lie
Plastic surgery is on the rise with an increase of 115% since the early 2000's. - ASPS
333,000 cosmetic procedures were done in patients 18 years old and younger. - Journal of Adolescent Health
Cosmetic Surgery is a $2.2 billion dollar business. - Cosmetic Surgery Trends
Why Is This A Problem?
Some studies show that mass media and advertising may have an effect on the decisions for cosmetic surgery. - I Want to Look Like That! It sounds like there are millions of people, mostly women, who are unhappy with their natural appearance. Celebrity culture glorifies getting work done on their bodies which in turn, influences society to do the same thing. Are we really living in a "monkey see monkey do" society? It's crazy to think that we let other people influence how we feel about ourselves and our lives. I was so happy to see all of the Body Image Movement advocates speaking up about the issues women face with appearance and acceptance. "It's about time," was all I could say once it started getting more attention. Even the Body Image Movement has its pros and cons, it appears that in our feat to be ourselves, we are missing the biggest part about us...
How Does God Feel About the Body Image Epidemic?
God created humanity in His image. We bear the marks of our Great Creator who shaped us from the dust. You don't have to believe this truth, but think about how complex your body is...think about the many things that we still cannot explain. Think about how your body naturally repairs and recovers itself, yet, it still dies.
If God made us in His image, a body designed by a Grand Designer, with a Master Plan, the very words of God who spoke the Universe into existence, then why isn't this enough for us? Let me tell you a secret, which really isn't a secret at all, however, it is available to those who have the ears to hear it.
"God has planted eternity, a sense of divine purpose, in the human heart." - Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP
This means that we all have a deep longing for living forever, we have a longing for a purpose bigger than ourselves. Could this longing that you have to stay young, stay beautiful, and stay relevant, be the very evidence that you desire something deeper than the surface? Maybe what you are doing on the outside, is a reflection of what you need inside of you.
Again, there is nothing wrong with wanting to stay vibrant and healthy, but our desires can turn into a disaster, an epidemic of self-hatred and insecurity. I am here to tell you that there is a fountain of youth.
We Found the Fountain of Youth
Sorry sis, there's no physical place for the Fountain of Youth...unleesss...you want to take a trip to the Dead Sea lol. I heard and read that Dead Sea minerals hold anti-aging beauty secrets 👀 of the which I've used before on my nails; might wanna add that to your list.
But here is the secret that transforms life as you know it, God holds the Fountain of Youth and wants nothing more than to give it to you. He went all the way to the point of death just so you could have it FOREVER! Here is what God says about obtaining the fountain of youth:
"And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." 1 John 2:17 NLT
The truth is sis, you can get all of the botox and plastic surgery you want, but one thing is for sure, you will get old and die. However, the story doesn't end; if you do the will of God, you shall abide FOREVER.
"And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth." - John 17:3
You don't have to strive and work so hard at your appearance, spending thousands to stay on top of the game. One day you will leave here, and your beauty and possessions won't go with you. Your soul goes with you. Choose to grow your soul and give it what it really wants, eternity with God, FOREVER.