Thought For The Day 10/22/12

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What Goes Around Comes Around

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Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others…
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

Walt Whitman

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

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Every day of our lives presents us with choices. Some of those choices may be relatively inconsequential. The decision of what will grace the dinner table or whether today will be slacks and sweater casual or a skirt and blouse dressed down day are a couple of examples of these less earth shattering decisions that we all pour over every day. Then there are the choices we face that have the capacity to be life altering in their significance. For example, you become angry with your child and almost without thinking, slap their face so hard that their lip is split. And while I would hope that this is an extreme example, I think you all know what I am saying by using this particular illustration. Because just as the wise man built his house upon the rock, so do we need to constantly take a moment to think about our actions despite the fact that the heat of the moment might just tend to want to take over where common sense must prevail. Perhaps it is easier to think of this in terms of choosing which bridges we must cross and which ones we must gather the kindling for!
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Becoming a person of worth and living a life that you can be proud of is something that is very difficult for most of us. It is easy to be full of pride for another persons accomplishments but it is much harder to recognize the same positive attributes when they are attached to our own character. In other words, I can say without reservation that my daughter is an excellent mother while it is more difficult to think of myself in those very same terms. And yet I might want to be just as effusive with my negative assessments of the character of someone I dislike intensely but I will purposefully restrain myself from  making my negative feelings known because for me to share them might just cause the other person to be hurt and that diminishes me much more than it does them. A prime example of crossing the bridge but not roasting marshmallows on the embers of that same structure. However, when I have achieved a milestone decision for my life and it is one that I know will have a lifelong impact on me for the better, well then just hand me the lighter fluid and a match because I will never look back. That does not preclude me from remembering the experiences that were my past life, but it prevents me from being tempted to rethink my choice and the potential to derail the positives and progress I have introduced to my life. And it also is what compels me to want to pay those blessings that I have been gifted with forward as I live my life. And it was exactly this message I was given in after receiving an email from a friend yesterday and which I am going to share with you all right now.
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PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK
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One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?” You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said …”Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Instead he found his faith and his spirit renewed just as his thirst had been assuaged.
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Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city,         where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to      do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
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Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:
       
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Paid in full with one glass of milk.
Dr. Howard Kelly
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Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broadly, through the kindness of human hearts and the deeds of human hands.”

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There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. Pay your blessings forward every chance you get! The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love when you least expect it to. And even if you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place, and, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

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4) There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5) There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6) God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

1 Corinthians 12;4-6 NLT

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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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