By Joseph J. Mazzella • November 2, 2016

I have always loved to read ever since I was a child so it goes to say that my house is forever full of books. I have new books, old books, hard covers, paperbacks, fiction, and nonfiction. My two tiny book shelves are full of photo albums and scrap books. I have three boxes of books in my closet, two boxes of books on the floor of my bedroom, and a box of children’s books waiting for my future grandchildren. I have books stacked on the night stand by my bed. I have several books including my old, black Bible on top of my desk. I have even more books including the two I wrote on top of the filing cabinet beside it. I do try to keep the books from building up by donating as many as I can to the local library but as soon as I donate a few I find myself buying a few more.

Books I find keep my mind young, my heart warm, and my soul bright. They bring me learning, laughter, and joy. They connect me with the wisdom of the past and the new ideas of the present. They keep me moving on the right path as I journey through life.

I have learned that people are a lot like books as well. Some have bright and shiny covers but don’t have very much to say inside of them. Others are old and musky but so full of wisdom and light that reading them can change your whole life. One difference between books and people, though, is that while a book can have an ending the writing inside of us goes on forever.

Take care when writing the book of your own life then. Fill it with God’s love for you. Fill it with your love for God. Fill it with love for yourself, others, and this world. Fill it with all the wisdom you have learned, goodness you have done, kindness you have shared, and joy you have spread. Keep writing it everyday too. Make it everything you are and everything you want to be and then open it to everyone. I know it will be a wonderful read.


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