"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you." (1 Peter 1:3-4  NIV)

I just celebrated another birthday recently. My birth certificate says I turned 39 years old, but I really don’t feel that age. In fact, I am not sure what age I feel. At times I feel like a small child full of energy, vitality, mischief, and joy. At times I feel like an adolescent going through so many changes that I can’t even begin to understand. At times I feel like a young adult excited about my life and looking forward to the new opportunities that each day holds. At times I feel like a mature adult dealing well with all the problems that life throws at me but knowing that even more are on the way. At times I feel like an old sage with a hundred years of wisdom in me that I want to share with the whole world.

I know, however, that whatever age I might be feeling like on the inside or looking like on the outside I am, in truth, ageless. We are all eternal souls just spending a brief time in these bodies that we are given here. In truth, we never really grow old and we never really die. We just learn and love our way through this life and on to the next.

Life is glorious and life is forever. We should all live our lives to the fullest no matter what age our birth certificate says we are. We should all live our lives with goodness, peace, happiness, and delight no matter how old or weak our bodies get. We should all live with love in our hearts, with joy in our lives, and with God in our souls no matter if we are 8 days old or 108 years old.

The only things you take with you into the next life are the love you share, the joy you give, and the oneness with God and others you create in this one. Anything else is a waste of time. May we all live then with a love and joy that are ageless and with a oneness with God that is eternal.

Joe Mazzella