“There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them.”
This quote was so helpful for me – becasue it is so true. We always love things when we first see them, but as we get used to them our affection starts to fade, leaving us wanting more or longing for the next best thing. This is our natural disposition as sinners. We are wasting away, everything in this world is decaying – and none of it will ever fully satisfy us. However, like Oswald mentioned above, Jesus gives us hope and in Him we find fullness of joy. The beauty of the world should be enjoyed, but it is not meant to be an end in and of itself, it is rather meant to be a shadow that points us back to Jesus – who will not ever decay and is true beauty Himself. And that, keeps me from loosing heart in a world that is fading away.