There are many people in this world who go through life with a grimace tattooed on their face. They have no joy, no happiness, no sense of pleasure, and everything they comment on is either negative, pessimistic or has a dreary outlook. What we must realize about life is that it is a gift that is given to us for a short time. We won't always be upon this earth. We won't always have the opportunity to enjoy this day that we have been given. That is why I am a firm believer in seeing the good in everything. If it's raining, I enjoy the beautiful smell that it gives as it falls from the heavens. If it's snowing, I look with awe at the beauty of the snowflakes and I remind myself that out of all of the untold number that fall, there are no two alike. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
No matter the circumstance, I choose to see the good in it. That is how we can enjoy our life no matter what season it may be. The Bible says there is a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to gather and a time to give away, a time to rejoice and a time to mourn. Life has its ups and downs, but we must choose to focus on the good no matter where we presently are. Let us remember God's goodness that has sustained us throughout our life and let us choose to give God praise and thanks for our great abundance. Let us not nitpick at what is wrong, but let us praise for all that is right. We each have a choice that we consciously make to either focus on all that is good or on all that may be bad. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-6) (Philippians 2:14)
I encourage you to change your mentality if you are one who is quick to murmur and complain. Life is much more difficult for us when it is lived in misery. That is why I believe we should change our outlook, focus on the good, see our many blessings and I believe if we do these simple things, our mindset will also change for the better. I encourage you again to laugh more, smile more, focus on the good that is before you and simply be one who chooses to speak words of praise and not words of complaint. Doing these simple things more often will have a greater impact on your life than you can ever think or imagine. Try and see if what I say is true and I welcome your emails with the results. (Jude 15-21) (1 Corinthians 10:10-13)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to have a child like spirit all the days of your life and enjoy every goodness that surrounds you.
It looks like Autumn is sneaking in a bit early this year in the forested mountains of my home. Tiny splashes of red, yellow, and orange are appearing on tree after tree here. It is so beautiful. It is almost like a thousand angels with paint brushes are flying over the forests on these early September nights spreading both color and joy.
Seeing all of the beauty and color of these wonderful Autumn leaves has made me decide to do something that I haven’t done in a few years. It will probably be a few more months before I can do it, but I am going to jump in a pile of Autumn leaves again. I am going to dance in them and hear them crunch under my feet. I am going to lay down in them and feel them brush up against my face. I am going to smell them and let them invigorate my being. I am going to play in them with both the heart of a child and the appreciation of an adult. I am going to enjoy these glorious gifts from God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.
It doesn’t matter if you are eight, forty, or eighty four, it is never too late to enjoy a beautiful Autumn. It is never too late to play in the leaves. It is never too late to laugh like a child. It is never too late to gaze with wonder and awe at this beautiful world that we have been blessed to live in. It is never too late to fully live your life.
May you live your own life as beautifully and wonderfully as a forest full of Autumn leaves then. May you share the color of your heart and light of your soul with everyone you meet. May you bless this whole world with your kindness, goodness, and oneness with God. May you live a life of such giving, sharing, and caring that even after you pass from this world what you did and who you were will continue to nourish the hearts and souls of those still here. May you live in love and joy today, tomorrow, and forever and may you always remember to jump in the leaves.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: GOD IS ALREADY THERE
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