Thought For The Day 10/05/12

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To Be Or Not To Be….

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You have come into a hard world.  I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. 

Henry Ward Beecher

http://www.quotegarden.com/adversity.html

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“TO BE OR NOT TO BE. THAT IS THE QUESTION!” Shakespeare asked this question in Hamlet, referring as to whether or not it is preferable to, in essence, turn the other cheek and ignore the pain in life that happens to us every day, or to take the easy way out by choosing death as a preferable alternative to living unhappily. And you know what? It is a question that we as Christians should be asking ourselves every day! Now I do not refer to the act of suicide, which is what Hamlet is debating, in saying this. In fact, for my mind, choosing that end is a cowardly end. However, all too often we continue living in an unhappy situation without ever trying to make things right in our lives simply because that to change is hard work and many of us prefer that which is an easier option. How many of you can relate to that? I know for a fact that I can.

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So now that I have stepped on the toes of a few of you out there, I will ask the thing that seems to elude more than a few of us these days! What do we need to do to become the best we can be? What makes me so special in this world? What makes you special? Well, when you think about it, we each have a unique God-given strength that is inside us for the times when life’s challenges threaten to swallow us whole! And for some of us, that strength is very well hidden, which means that we have to search much more deeply to find it! But during that search, I know that there are also some amazing things that you might just discover about the special and unique person that you are!

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We are each a special and unique God’s eyes. After all, He made us this way, did He not? (In fact, we are each unique in the universe, now that I think about it, because nowhere in the known galaxy is there anyone who is exactly like me.) Even identical twins who share the exact same DNA are each uniquely different  because when it comes to the way you look and act, as well as what you like, both nature and nurture can alter things, even if that difference is imperceptibly tiny! And while we each choose the way we live our lives as a member of that collective group we call people of faith, it is those difference, both nature and nurture, that serve to guide us in the particular direction we choose to express not just our love of God, but also how we practice that faith! They are also known as our heart, our soul and our gifts or talents!

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God endows us each with gifts. Yours might just be a beautiful singing voice! That is my dad’s special and unique gift! And while I have other friends who are equally blessed in this area, like my friend from High School, Michael, it is not really my special blessing (although I have managed to do justice to ‘Si mi chiamano Mimi’ from La Boheme when I am in the shower). Still others might just have the gift of oratory! I envy people like this that can find themselves in front of hundreds or even thousands of people, and manage to find their voice! That is sooooo not me! My husband is one of these people! Then there are some for whom creating a masterpiece in their heads and then giving those ideas life, becomes not just their gift, but a passion, as well. Finally I have arrived, and not because I necessarily create a masterpiece every day, but because what I do is give you a moment to think about all of God’s wonders, in one way or the other, every day. And I am rather prolific at it, as well. As a matter of fact, today’s post is number 565! Not too shabby, actually.

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The point I am trying to make is that we all have something special about us. But having something special inside and making something special with that gift are two entirely different things! And much like the KINDNESS that I wrote about just the other day, those gifts of ours have also become fat and flabby from lack of use. Just as we have forgotten so much of what it takes to be kind these days, so have we neglected so much that goes into that part of us which we sometimes keep buried deep inside, that makes up the best part that is us…..our faith in and love of God. So I guess I want to challenge everyone to find out what it is that we have to bring to faith’s door. Look inside and discover all of those talents and gifts we each keep hidden, and then use them in some new and special way. Exercise God’s gift of grace and become the very best version of the person you have chosen to be! Be someone who chooses “TO BE!”

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For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

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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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