Thought For The Day 10/24/12

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Judging A Book By It’s Cover

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Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolo Machiavelli

http://quotegarden.com/appearance.html

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There are few things of more value to any person than the content of their character. And while there are many people who would deny it, most people work hard at establishing themselves as decent and caring people. The thing is that what might just take a lifetime to develop can be torn to shreds in a matter of moments by the erroneous labeling by another, even someone who is a perfect stranger. How many of you have seen a man with a swarthy complexion, dark eyes and a beard and simply assumed they must be from a Middle Eastern Country? Or how many have seen an extremely attractive and well endowed blond-haired and blue-eyed woman and labeled them as a “dumb blond” without even speaking a single word to them? Or how about assuming that the clean-cut attractive man wearing the business suit is someone who also has impeccable morals?

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There is a word used to describe this phenomenon. It is called Physiognomy (from the Greek. physis meaning “nature” and gnomon meaning “judge” or “interpreter”) which is the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his outer appearance, especially the face. In a nutshell, it means that if we judge by appearances and we see someone who is attractive in some way, they must also have good characters. And in contrast, someone who appears unattractive or different must then have questionable character.

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Illustration from a 19th century book about Physiognomy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy

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Now the thing is that we are not all programmed to be good all of the time. While you might view me in a particular light, my husband might just be able to provide a couple of eye-opening examples of me with horns and a pitchfork in hand! And like me, we are all capable of both good and behaviors at any time. Which just proves that we should never label the character of anyone we encounter unless we have gotten to know them intimately well. And even then, I would much rather err on the side of benevolence and always look for the good in them. You see I am someone who is hard pressed not to see gold, somewhere, in everything that glitters! And that may well be because I prefer to try to view my fellow man the way that God does!

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We might just believe that God judges man just as man judges man, but nothing is farther from the truth. We tend to think that God weighs each of us by what we do alone when, in fact, God sees far beyond the surface. He is able to discern our true natures because he sees inside our minds, our thoughts and our hearts. In fact, He says that man’s spirit is like a lamp which shows Him everything we hold, hidden, deeply within our hearts! Proverbs 20:27 NIV says, 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being. Which just proves that man’s ways are not God’s ways nor are man’s values equal to the values God places on the lives of every one of His children! And I am, personally, content handing the mantle and scepter of judgement over into His capable hands!

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“You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, My decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with The Father, who sent Me.”

John 8:15-16 NIV

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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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