Thought For The Day 07/30/11


The Glad Game!

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(Photo Courtesy of Rev. Michael Weissman)

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I am a sucker for older movies, and while there are some newly released ones that touch me, it is really the older ones that I find so stirring. You know which ones I am talking about….the ones that show family values in the best sense…the ones where people live happily ever after…the ones with a message that leaves me feeling like I am on top of the world! My “Pollyanna” feeling!

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I think it was after seeing “Pollyanna” recently with Landon that I realized that I spend entirely too much time seeing my glass as half empty. I have a myriad of faults, of which Dan could probably opine about for hours on end. I admit it. And most of my faults I am aware of. I am most certainly not proud of them and I have struggled over the years to get a grip on them. I don’t want to feel like “Debbie Downer” from “Saturday Night Live”! And so I am wondering just exactly how easy it will be to turn a positive spin on the things I am faced with today. Perhaps excluding the debt ceiling miasma in Washington for which I have no control over except when I enter the voting booth come next election day, how many things do I see in any given day where I focus on the negative instead of the positive? Can I play the “Glad Game” too?

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 Now I know that for clergy, conveying God’s word is not all “moon-light and canoes”, one of Dan’s favorite adages. And because the messages in the Bible have a time line which we must follow in order to gain a true understanding of what is trying to be conveyed by the religious scholars who have written down the words of God, we often do not have the luxury of choosing only the “Glad” passages. God, as editor and chief, has scripted the order in which His message to the world must be delivered. But for humankind to grow and thrive in today’s world, we need to look to the positive words for the inspiration that will carry us through the day.

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So often we are the ones that choose to become mired down in the mud of unhappiness. But indeed, that is something we each have direct control over. When we get out of bed in the morning, often our day is dictated by how it is we arise. If we have been restless during the night and awaken tired and with a headache, our day will surely follow that same trend. Unless we take control and tell ourselves that today will be beautiful and joyful and a day to celebrate the wonders He has made. As the hell-fire and damnation preacher in Pollyanna discovered, when you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it. And those words apply to the person that is us, as well! Yes, we must know that the payment God asks of all of us for our salvation is not always joyful, but the reward surely is and if we choose to play the “Glad Game”, our time on earth can be as well!

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Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. 

~ ~ Author Unknown ~ ~

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“MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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