Joseph J. Mazzella
Its Own Reward

I caught my first bug of the year the other day. I am not talking about a cold bug either. It was an actual bug that I found crawling around my sink. They always start to show up this time of the year as the warm Spring days begin to appear. I was able to catch my little insect pal in a paper towel and set him free outside.

I believe that if they don't try to sting me I shouldn't try to kill them. I get some strange looks from people for doing this, but I don't mind. I get the same looks when I pick up trash as I walk along the street, when I swerve my lawn mower to miss little toads and patches of wild flowers, and when I stop my car to move a turtle off the road.


People may think that I am strange for doing these things, but for me they are a natural part of living a loving life. I wouldn't want to live any other way. The rewards for living in love are too great for me to give them up just because of what others think. Love truly is its own reward.


When you are loving and giving life becomes more beautiful and wonderful than you can ever imagine. When you live in love, everyday is full of joy. When you live in love you are filled with energy and vitality. When you live in love outside things don't trouble you as much because of the powerful goodness and delight that is within you. When you live in love optimism, enthusiasm, peace, and happiness fill your heart, mind, and soul. When you live in love you grow closer to God with each passing day.

  Living in love is a choice we all can make. It is a choice that makes life worth living. It is a choice that benefits ourselves, others, and the world. It is a choice that makes God smile. Make that choice today. Live your life in glorious love and fantastic joy, and always remember that love is its own reward.
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