"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11 ESV)
When I was a young man I had a lot of ego and very little empathy. I thought I knew everything. I looked forward to fame and success. I can even remember once in college
arrogantly telling one of my friends: "If only everyone listened to me then they would all be
happy.” I finally left school ready to take on the world. Little did I know the world was about to
take on me.
In the years following college instead of success I found struggles. I had trouble finding work.
The jobs I did work at were either temporary or back-breaking and none of them paid well.
When my wife and I had children we were shocked to learn that not one but both of our sons had
Autism and would need to be taken care of for the rest of their lives. I had no idea why this had
happened to us and I was very angry at God.
In time, however, I began to change. My formally massive ego was shrinking fast and my
empathy was beginning to grow. Instead of success, I found my joy in moments of love. Playing
and laughing with my sons brought me so much happiness. My boys taught me more about
peace, patience, kindness, joy, and unconditional love than I could have ever learned on my own.
I began to share the lessons I learned through my writings and my life. I finally realized too that
my purpose in this world had nothing to do with fame or success and everything to do with
allowing God's love and light into my life and sharing it with everyone I could.
Always remember that moments of love become days of love and days of love become years
of love. You may not be happy 100% of the time. No one can be in this world. Yet, in God's
love you will find a joy no earthly success could ever give. Put all of your moments, days, and
years to good use then. Live them with love.
Joseph J. Mazzella