Thought For The Day 11/14/12

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Mea Culpa

 (noun)

1. an acknowledgment of your error or guilt

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Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule. 

Lewis B. Smedes 

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

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Everyday when we wake up and begin our morning routine, I doubt we look in the mirror as we wash our face and brush our teeth and think to ourselves, “Today I’m going to be a failure!” No, I think that whether we speak the words or not, we at least feel thankful that we are seeing the start of a brand new day, just as I am certain we look and take a deep breath and think about all of the new possibilities that await us this day. That is the miracle that we are gifted with each and every day when we awaken…..the opportunity to rewrite our story once more. As His word tells us in Lamentations 3:23 (NLT), Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

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Now that being said, we must not rest on our laurels and think that all that has passed, both the good as well as the bad, is a forgotten chapter in our lives. We are, after all, held accountable always for the things we have done as well as the things we have yet to do! And while we sometimes owe man an explanation for our actions, especially when those actions have broken man’s laws, more importantly, we are always held accountable to God and His expectations for the behaviors we engage in. And while we may not see the need to explain our actions to him during the course of each day we live, the time will come when we will be made to face those regrets in a court higher than that of man! And yet, those regrets can be put to bed, once and for all, by seeking forgiveness from the only one whose opinion on the situation really matters!

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Are there any hard and fast rules about asking for forgiveness? Well, just as when we ask forgiveness of man, simply saying you’re sorry does not absolve us of the thing we have done wrong or the sin we have committed. There is no resolution that is to be found in just the words. But add to those words a heart that means what the mouth is saying, and now the words have the power to not just resolve the issue by your accepting responsibility for the deed, but they also absolve you, or set you free, from the offending action. So take just a moment and ask yourself if there is anyone….ANYONE….today to whom you owe an apology and if there is, what is it you need to do to make things right?

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 ESV

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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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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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