While It Lasts

I found myself shoveling snow yet again the other day. It was the wet, heavy kind too. As I was cleaning off my driveway I had to stop more often than ever before to stretch out my aching back. Later as I laid down on my bed to rest it and read I found myself facing another problem. Should I leave my glasses on and hold the book at armís length or should I put the glasses on top of my head and hold the book just a few inches from my face?

These two things made me realize that this 44 year old body of mine is starting to wear down a little. They made me more determined than ever, though, to make the most of it while it lasts. My brain may be a bit more forgetful, but I am going to keep using it to remember just how much God loves me and to think of all the good I can do for others today. My eyes may be weaker, but I am going to use them to take in all the beauty of this world and welcome it into my soul. My ears may not be as acute, but I can still listen to the birds sing, the laughter of children, and the glorious music that uplifts my spirit and warms my heart. My nose may no longer be as sensitive, but I can still smell the flowers in the Spring and the homemade spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. My teeth may be a bit worn, but they can still share smiles with friends and strangers alike. My lips are a little thinner now, but they can still say kind words and share loving thoughts. My arms arenít as strong as they once were, but they can still lend others a helping hand and share a caring hug. My aging fingers too will keep writing these words of love that God blesses me with and my tired legs will keep carrying me where I need to go, to do what I need to do, to help make this world a better place.

God gives us these bodies for a limited time. While yours lasts then use it well to do all the good you can, share all the love you can, and bring all the Heaven you can down here to Earth.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

You can get Joseph Mazzella's book, "WALKING THE PATH OF LOVE," at www.amazon.com

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 (joecool@wirefire.com) -- {used with permission} ]

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