"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (Heb. 10:24-25 NLT)
When I was in
college I had big dreams. I was going to be a psychologist, then a
teacher, then a world renown speaker, and then a best selling author. I
couldn't make up my mind. Each dream seemed better than the last.
Amongst them all, though, was my burning desire to make things better.
In my young heart and naive mind I felt like I could change the world
all by myself. And I couldn't wait to get out of college and get
Of course, God had other plans and I still had a lot of
learning and growing to do. I never became a psychologist. I was only a
teacher for a short while. I never went on a speaking tour. I wrote many
things that touched many people over the years, but I was never a best
selling author either. Instead, God let me be the father to three
wonderful children. God let me be a friend to many people. God helped me
to love and care and work and share. God helped me to shine His light
and to brighten my own light as well.
I learned too that I didn't
need to be famous or have a certain job to make things better. I saw
that while I can't change the world all by myself, I can help to change
my own small part of it. Most of all I realized that I didn't have to
wait to get started changing this world. I saw that every single thing I
did changed this world in some small way. I learned that these lives we
live are far more interconnected than we could ever know and that God is
guiding us all to do what we need to do here.
Anne Frank wrote,
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before
starting to improve the world." Why wait then? Start improving the world
around you today. Share your love, laugher, and smile. Spread your joy
and kindness. Make the world a little bit brighter by shining your light
in it. Let God guide you in this life and into the next.
Joseph J. Mazzella