Ripples of Love
Joseph J. Mazzella

  

I love walking around a lake that lies just a few miles from my home.   The lake is surrounded by trees and its paths are beautiful no matter what season of the year it is.  I have gotten in the habit of taking my children with me on these walks as well.  They seem to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and oneness with nature as much as I do.  My kids, however, do have one other reason for enjoying the lake.  Like all children they enjoy tossing rocks out into the middle of it.

They see how far they can toss a rock across it and watch the endless ripples that appear from the splash.  I often wonder myself how far those ripples would go if the shores of the lake were not there to stop them.

A loving act, I think, is often like dropping a rock into the water.   Only this time there is no lake shore to stop the ripples.  The ripples from your loving act continue to flow onward and outward, touching the hearts and souls of everyone with no end that you can ever see.

If you don't believe me, then try it out for yourself.  Say something kind and loving to everyone you meet today, smile at everyone, send out thoughts of joy and delight to everyone you pass, help everyone you can without being asked and watch the effects.  You will be amazed at how people will brighten when touched by your love and goodness.

You will be amazed at how they will take it into their hearts and pass it on to others.  You will be amazed at how your few acts of love will ripple out to change the world around you.

Remember then to choose and share all the love and joy you can today.  It may seem only a drop in an ocean, but God will make sure that the ripples spread out to touch the entire world.


Joe's a happily married father of three who lives in the mountains of West Virginia.

  
   


 
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