One thing that makes life so special is the unpredictability of it. We
never know what may come our way either for good or for bad and it is for
this reason that we should relish each new day that we are lucky enough to
have. We shouldn't rush through our days, months and years with no clear
memory of the joys, the love, the laughter and enjoyment that we had in
them. Rather, we should slow down enough to be in the moment and recognize
how blessed and fortunate we really are right now. The abundance that we
possess should be given thanks for and we should see how blessed and
favored we truly are. (James 4:14)
We shouldn't look back years from now with regret because we didn't
appreciate the blessings while we had them. Instead we should live each
day purposefully and consciously recognizing the laughter, joy, happiness
and love that surrounds us. Let us create memories that will last our
lifetime and lifetime of those we share them with. Let us love harder,
forgive quicker, laugh often, encourage, inspire and lift up always and do
our absolute best to enjoy today to the fullest and not let it pass you
by. (1 John 4:7-9)
Before we know it our whole life will flash before our eyes and we will
wonder where the time went. Knowing and recognizing that time is fleeting,
let us live life on purpose and get from it all that it is offering us.
When we do, we will never live with regret because we were wise enough to
seize the opportunities that were presented to us. (Matthew 6:21)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to seize the moment
while you are in it and not let it pass you by.
I woke up hungry today, but I didn’t know for what. I could feel a pain in
the pit of my stomach that breakfast didn’t ease. At first I thought it
might be a craving for the brown beans and sweet cornbread that my Mom
used to make me when I was a boy. As I ate my breakfast oatmeal my mind
was remembering how I would butter up a slice of that cornbread and savor
every spoonful of those delicious beans. It made me smile just thinking of it.
After breakfast my stomach was full but the pain was still there. I found
my mind wandering back once more to those wonderful dinners of spaghetti
and homemade bread that my Italian Grandma, “Nanny”, would make for us on
Sunday’s after church. I looked forward to them all week. Each one of
those meals made my belly feel heavy but my heart feel light.
It was then that I realized that the pain in the pit of my stomach was
really a longing from the depths of my heart. What I was hungry for wasn’t
those meals so much as the love that came with them. I remembered the sweet
sound of my Mom and Nanny calling to me to come and eat. I remembered the
big hug and gentle kiss I would so often get before I sat down at the
table. I remembered the laughter, joyful voices, and happy hearts as we
would sit down to eat as a family. I longed for one more family meal from
my childhood. I longed for one more chance to hug Mom and Nanny and to
tell them just how much I love them.
As I sat wrapped in the love of those old memories I wiped away a tear and
sent a little “Thank You” Heavenward to Mom and Nanny for all the love
they gave me over the years and to God for giving me so many years with
them. Then I smiled and headed out to share some more love today.
Every hungry heart can be filled with love, but it is up to us to do so.
Remember, the more love you share, the more love you have. And the best
way to get a hug is to give one yourself.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10-16 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints;
given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse
not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be
of the same mind one toward another...”
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Matthew 5:8-12 Jesus says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall
see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall
revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your
reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Romans 12:14-17 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the
same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men
of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil
for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE CHOICES WE MAKE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: A BETTER WAY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry