We should always have a lighthearted attitude in life. We should never
take things so seriously that we allow them to steal our joy and make us
feel less than our very best. We should look at life as a gift; a
precious gift that we are lucky enough to have today and mindful of it
enough to know that it isn't promised to us tomorrow. James 4:14 declares
“...For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little
time and then vanishes away.” Our life, no matter how long it may seem,
will pass by all too quickly and we will wonder where the years went.
Knowing that life is fleeting should cause us to enjoy and appreciate
every moment of it. We should live our lives in love, in harmony and in
oneness with those who mean the most to us. We should spend our days in
joy and in laughter. We should do our best to make our love known so that
there will never be a doubt in the minds of those whom we love the most.
Be encouraged to reevaluate how you are spending your days. Are you
holding grudges? Are you being unforgiving? Are you wasting your energy
on things that really do not matter or have relevance to your life?
Answering these questions is helpful to make us change in the areas that
we are lacking. We should do our best to live in peace and in harmony
with those around us. We should live by Christ's example and command to
love our neighbor as we love ourselves, to forgive those who have done
wrong against us and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Let us use our life for our betterment and for the betterment of those
around us. Let us enjoy every moment of life and not simply drudge
through it. Let us wake up each morning saying, “Good morning Lord, I
look forward to the blessing of today.” When our inner man is filled with
the joy of the Lord, our outer man will reflect that same picture.
May God's peace, love and joy be yours today and every day thereafter.
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to look at life
as a gift that should be relished and enjoyed each and every day.
I try not to listen to other people’s conversations, but sometimes you
can’t help but hear something that sticks with you. Sometimes a pearl of
great wisdom slips into your ears and finds its way into your heart, mind,
This is what happened to me the other day while I was walking in a store.
I was looking for acne pads to help my youngest son’s teenage face. As I
rounded the corner I heard a middle-aged woman with a little girl in her
arms asking her grandmother what she thought about a brand new face cream
that was supposed to diminish wrinkles and laugh lines. The grandmother
just laughed and said, “Sweetie, I am 80 years old. I have learned to love
all my laugh lines. After all, I earned every one of them.” Then just to
prove her point she laughed again and tickled her great granddaughter. The
little girl’s and the old woman’s laughter blended together with a sound
as musical and beautiful as an angel’s song.
I left the store feeling a lot better about all the laugh lines I had
earned in my own life. I remembered too all the beautiful faces I had seen
over the years. The most radiant ones of all always seemed to have the
most laugh lines as well as the fewest frown creases. They shined with
joyous smiles and sparkling, loving eyes. Their beauty was ageless and
eternal. It didn’t matter if they were 48, or 80 years old. They still
glowed as true Children of God.
I think that I will follow that wise grandma’s advice and continue to love
my laugh lines for all the years I have left here. They are the living
proof of a life well lived. They are the foot prints that a loving soul
leaves on the face. They are the roadmap that traces our wonderful journey
with God. I hope that all of you learn to love your laugh lines as well.
May you have the time of your life earning every one of them.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the
things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers
in the desert.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of
the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his
neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not
Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached
thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written
for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil
for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that
will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good;
let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry