John KeatsAudio / Produced by The High Calling
The poet John Keats thought he was a failure. A trained hospital worker, he still couldn't cure his brother's tuberculosis. After his brother died, Keats diagnosed himself with the same disease.
With only a few years left, Keats threw himself into poetry, but the critics despised his work. And Keats died unknown. Today, students study his poetry.
His famous poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" concludes, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Keats didn't know he was Keats. But the world won't ignore a life of beauty and truth. That is all we need to know . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.