Thought For The Day 11/04/12

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Must We Give To Get?

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God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.

Author Unknown

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Mark 10:21, Luke 18:22, and Matthew 19:21 all read as nearly carbon copies of each other, and I must wonder if this is because of the profound importance of the text. After all, when we rid ourselves of our material trappings and we choose to give in all ways that are possible, whether it is to share our talents or our goods, are we not truly serving Christ by serving our fellow man? The issue then becomes in the way we give and also accept those gifts. Are we giving with a cheerful heart and with no expectation of recouping rewards for our generosity or are we giving because we know we will be rewarded in some way? Must we give to get?

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I heard a true story just last night which was related by a utility worker to his wife back home. This man was part of an entourage from a southern utility company who had traveled to NJ to provide much needed expertise in repairing the one thing that is needed to put the heat back in our showers and the rocks back in our drinks! It is a story that truly restored my faith in the kindness of strangers, and I bet it will restore yours, as well. And it exemplifies the message Christ gave to His Disciples, and which was shared with us in the texts of Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is a prime example of giving simply because it validates what one chooses to do when he or she feels blessed, even when another might wonder just what it is they are feeling blessed about!

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There was a power crew in NJ from one of the southern electric companies. They had stopped along the road to eat at a famous national restaurant chain known for its rockers on the front porch. They ordered and famished after hours of unceasing work, ate their fill. Finally sated, asked their server for their bill. She replied that their bill had been paid by a couple sitting nearby. Astounded, they went up to the husband and wife and asked them why they had done such a generous thing. The couple’s reply left mouths agape and eyes filled with tears. Because of the efforts of this crew, power would be restored to their community, and they would be able to return and rebuild their shore home which had been totally destroyed by then Hurricane Sandy. But during their darkest hours, this couple was thankful God had spared their lives and that was what mattered more to them than things that their home represented.

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It is amazing to bear witness to the generosity of two people who literally had almost nothing left in terms of material possessions but what they did have was what filled eyes with tears. What they had was far more important than things. It was what they gifted to a crew of workers who were total strangers that spoke far more of this couple. The crew knew that they had Christ in their hearts and knew the importance of living their lives in a way that honored the message that Christ and His followers shared with the world. And I suspect that these men left forever changed by their encounter with this couple!

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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.

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The American Red Cross

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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew 19:21 NIV

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21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Mark 10:21 NIV

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22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Luke 18:22 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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