Thought For The Day 11/02/12


Is It God Or The Devil In The Details?



It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

Helen Keller


The other day I heard the phrase “the Devil is in the details” used, and I had to wonder how it is that we are somehow giving him the credit for something that implies such a thorough and complete evaluation of all sides of a situation. Then I realized that all this means is that sometimes the hidden aspects that are to be found in the details might just be an attempt by the devil to undermine our attempts at succeeding in what it is we are attempting. That was the moment that I realized that the true phrase is, appropriately, “God is in the detail”! In other words, whatever you choose to do should be done thoroughly and with meticulous care! Now this does not mean that whatever it is we are attempting will be perfect or ideal. After all, we humans are not perfect creatures! In fact, we are (especially in my case), far…..VERY FAR, from perfect! But it is not perfection that God asks of us all, which is a good thing because if He did, no one would ever measure up. No, it is not perfection he asks but rather, it is that we do our very best in all that we attempt in life, even if that meant it takes us twice as long to accomplish the deed! In fact, to quote the late, great basketball coach John Wooton, Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome. And that, most certainly, points to the impact the devil can have as he attempts to undermine our successes in life, especially in our faith. When we do not take care or exercise due diligence in what it is we do, our accomplishments become merely a hollow or cheap replica of that which we hope for!
What God asks of we mere mortal creatures is really just three things. Some of these three may be easier than others to accomplish, but accomplish them we must!
  • God requires that we do justice. He tells us that we must be just and fair and help those who need our help. He asks we live the justice that is His essence. We must help and advocate for the oppressed, even going so far as to putting a halt to those who would hurt others. We must be our brother’s keeper by seeking to heal the broken-hearted and down trodden and feeding and sheltering the hungry and the homeless. He does not ask that we make empty promises. We must not just talk about it. We must live it!
  • God requires us to show mercy. Man is so egocentric and while this was once an important trait to guarantee our survival, there is no longer any room for this type of mindset. We must eliminate our judgemental, harsh and critical view of others and embrace compassion and mercy in all of our dealings with everyone in our world! We need to finally and for all time, think of “ME” second and think of “WE” first and we must do it with a cheerful heart
  • God requires us to walk humbly with him. Christ and His followers walked the earth humbly and with humility. They did not share the message of the Almighty breathing fire and brimstone nor did they travel by whatever was considered to be the finest mode of transportation of the day, dressed in their finest garments. They did so by quietly changing the lives of many and it is in this same character of humility that God asks of us to engage in our spiritual relationship with both Him and those with whom we seek to share His message!


Our relationship with our faith is certainly an ongoing and constantly evolving process. Yes we will fail and yes, there will be times we will backslide on the promises we make to Him when we became His followers the day we accepted Him into our minds, hearts and souls! But the ongoing spiritual relationship we share with God is one that seeks to help us to grow and thrive even as we become the very best we can be, and as far as I am concerned, that alone makes the journey worthwhile!


Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations.


The American Red Cross


The American Humane Association
or by texting HUMANE to 80888


He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8


Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry


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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