The sweeter morsel for the worm!
(Charles Spurgeon, "The Profit of Godliness in the Life to Come")
"But godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:8
How many live for that poor body of theirs which so soon must moulder back to the dust!
to adorn themselves,
to catch the glance of the admirer's eye,
to satisfy public taste,
to follow fashion —
surely an object in life more frivolous never engrossed an immortal soul!
It seems as strange as if an angel should be gathering daisies, or blowing soap bubbles!
An immortal spirit living . . .
to dress the body,
to paint the face,
to dye the hair,
to display a ribbon,
to show off a pin —
is this the pursuit of an immortal being?
Yet tens of thousands live for little else!
As for earth's most lovely ones — how do time, and death, and the worm together, make havoc of them!
Take up yonder skull, just upturned by the sexton's careless spade, and take it to the yonder beauty, and tell her, though she paint an inch thick — to this complexion she must come at last! All her dressing shall end in a shroud — and all her makeup and her dainty ornaments shall only make her the sweeter morsel for the worm!
Beloved friends, there is another life beyond this fleeting existence! Why then, do you waste your time and degrade your souls with these frivolities?