A Heavenly Person -- By Joseph J. Mazzella

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need." (Rom 12:12-13 NIV)

My new dog, Snoopy Girl is a morning person. She starts the day at full speed chasing her tail, the cats, and the other dogs. She wolfs down her breakfast with gusto before tearing down the hallway in search of new adventures. She says, "Good Morning" by taking a running leap up on the couch and giving anyone sitting there a shower of kisses. While she does all this I watch with awe, drink my orange juice, eat my oatmeal, and dream of going back to bed. I have often wondered how she has so much energy in the morning, but then I realized the simple truth the other day: she takes a lot more naps than I do.

I know a few people, however, who go beyond being just a morning or an evening person. These people may get tired and need naps just like the rest of us, but even when their energy is low their love is still high. They are Heavenly persons. They care, they laugh, and they smile even through the worst pains and challenges. They face life without fear. They share love with no thought of reward. And they meet death with a faith and peace that passes all understanding. They give all their days here to bring Heaven closer to Earth. They spend their whole lives showing the rest of us how to live in love and oneness with God.

The good news is that whether you are a morning person, an afternoon person, or an evening person you can be a Heavenly person too. You can choose love. You can choose joy. You can choose oneness with God every single day. You can share it all with everyone you meet. You can help to bring Heaven into the hearts, minds, and souls of others. You can help to make the world around you a better place morning, noon, and night. And even on those exhausting days when you stumble and fall you can rise up, dust yourself off, take your Heavenly Father's hand, and begin again to live as a Child of Heaven even while you are here on Earth.

By: Joseph J. Mazzella