Thought For The Day 08/24/12

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Where The Truth Lays

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anais Nin

http://www.gardendigest.com/see.htm

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How many of you all have heard this expression…..”There’s one side and then there’s the other side and somewhere in the middle lies the truth“? Now I think that statement has become so pervasive AND accepted today because we have come to, somehow, see the truth (just 5 little letters) of something as a subjective thing. Now I have used the word subjective before but the truth (there’s that word again) of the matter is that you may not really know what I mean by the word. When we see something as subjective, we are basing our opinion of the thing by what we believe. And, of course, our beliefs are shaped by our attitudes or opinions without benefit of verifiable evidence. Which is why the truth (funny how often we find ourselves using that word) really doesn’t become an absolute for any of us, as it somehow exists out in some hazy place on the outskirts of reality! And so we travel through life seeing only our version of things usually without benefit of having another person with whom we have shared the exact same thing at the same time! Even when we appear in court to testify, we are brought to the front, we place our hand on the Bible and we take an oath to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God” and once again, while we are relating things from our own perspective which may not contain absolutes, we are threatened with a penalty if our version somehow is disproved by the evidence.

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The Bible is not quite as generous at allowing for the shades of grey that truth (again that little word) seems to be colored with. From the earliest days of the Old Testament, the taking of an oath is mentioned several hundred times. An oath, or a promise to be truthful, was not yet part of the law but part of the morality we all were programmed with by God when we were created, and was evidenced as early as the days of Abraham, when God made His covenant with him!

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1. “To you and your descendants I will give the land of Canaan — from the river Nile to the river Euphrates — for an ‘everlasting’ possession.” (Gen 12:7; 13:15; 15:19; 17:8)
2. “I will make you a great nation, and multiply you exceedingly, and bless you so.” (Gen 12:2; 13:16; 17:2)
3. “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.” (Gen 12:3)
4. “Through your Seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, for I will make you the ‘father’ of a multitude of nations.” (Gen 12:3; 17:5; 22:18)

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God always keeps His word to us and in return, He expects the truth (at least what our heart holds as the truth) from us! And while we may think that He doesn’t keep those promises because we do not see the evidence of them when we expect to, He does, all the same. It is just that his timing for the answer is a bit different. God’s clock is different from ours. We are an “I want it NOW” society composed of people who expect instant gratification. But remember God’s promises to Abraham? We know they did not occur in a time frame that would have been acceptable to people who live in the 21st century. But happen they did, in God’s timing for them to happen, as Abraham and Sarah welcomed Isaac at the advanced age of 90 and 100! And He will keep his promises to us as well but He does ask that we return to Him the same honesty He offers us with the promises we make to Him. He knows that the human race is mortal and as such, He knows our opinion of the truth (our truth) is subjective. But as long as we act toward Him with all the honesty that our hearts can hold, and with what we believe with every fiber of our being, I hope…..no I BELIEVE…..He is content with our gift!

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“When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”

Numbers 30:2 (NIV)

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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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