Thought For The Day 07/11/12

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A House Of Cards!

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I soon found out you can’t change the world.  The best you can do is to learn to live with it. 

Henry Miller

http://www.quotegarden.com/golden-mean.html

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I remember a half a century ago hearing my mother often say the phrase, “It’s 6 of one and a half-dozen of the other”, and in almost every thing I could think about, that was, most probably, the case. In reality, there is nothing that can come from the hand of man that will stop the earth from turning on its axis. Yes, we can destroy all life that lives on our world by a single callous and evil act of horror too great to even imagine. But in the realm of the simple things we do every day, most probably not. And then I began to think more carefully about the words and their meaning and the lurch I felt was palpable. A random act of kindness on another, as well as a random act of hatred, has far-reaching consequences in the life of the person who is lucky (or unlucky) enough to be the recipient of the experience. And that, in and of itself, serves to disprove the phrase that I myself have used thousands of times! Life is most definitely not 6 of one and a half-dozen of the other!

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We do not live in a bubble. We are not insulated from being impacted by the life experiences of everyone else whose life touches our own, whether it’s a family member, the person who takes our order in McDonald’s, or the person who sits next to us on the bus. And while we sincerely hope that we will not be on the receiving end of the anger and hurt of another (road rage is something that comes to mind), the human race is, in fact, like a house of cards. We are a delicate balance of every other person being supported just so, as an integral component of the wall or ceiling of this house of cards. And when you consider that this house has billions of cards, delicately balanced one on the other, you begin to realize that your success in surviving until tomorrow indeed rests on the success of every other person whose life you touch, successfully surviving another day, as well!

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Jesus loved teaching things using parables, which made his message not just more relatable but understandable to those He was trying to reach. And in Matthew, Jesus tells of the time when man will face God and be judged. And part of that judgement will be dividing man into two groups…..those who chose to love and serve others and those who did not. Jesus recognized even then the delicate balance of that house of cards and so He invested a great deal of time reinforcing God’s commandment to love one another and to honor those who hold revered places in our family units. We must teach our children the importance of looking out for the welfare of others. We must reinforce that loving our neighbors, friend and foe alike, is second only to loving God himself! How can we not, as human beings, Christian and non-Christian alike, do everything we can to bring our behavior towards others to a place where the winds of life’s storms will not destroy our house of cards?

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37 Now when  they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers,  what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them,  “Repent and  be baptized every one of you  in the name of Jesus Christ  for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive  the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For  the promise is for you and  for your children and for all  who are far off, everyone  whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

Acts 2: 37-39 ESV

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “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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