Thought For The Day 11/17/12

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The World Rests In Our Hands

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A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.

Mother Teresa

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 Considering the fact that the earth upon which our feet walk is really a whopping  7,926 miles in diameter at the equator, which makes it the largest of all of the terrestrial planets (the ones located closest to the sun that have physical mass), it is still a pretty small place when we consider the universe in which it rotates. Why then do we find such a diverse collection of people, cultures and beliefs? After all, considering that our farthest neighbor lives only a little less than 4,000 miles from us, wouldn’t you think there would be a few things we can find some commonality in? Ok, yes, we speak different languages and have different forms of government and yes, even differing ways to worship. But isn’t the bottom line for everyone that we live the best life it is possible for us to live, given those other differences I mentioned? Can’t we find a way to serve and love God and save our world and love our brothers and sisters, no matter where they come from, at the same time? 1 John 3:16-18 NIV: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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We all have a similar tale of our ancestry in some way. Whether it is from Europe or Asia or Latin America, we all have arrived where we are because of a journey someone made searching for a better life. And even if your family has been a part of the USA for generations upon generations, as mine has, still, our roots are not from here. For that matter, even the earliest native population to these shores traveled here from another place, traversing over land bridges that no longer exist. Now I am not a geneticist, but I’m betting if we were to somehow manage to do a genetic test on man today, more likely that not, even despite the differences in our skin pigmentation or eye color, we would discover that we are all related in some way. We are, indeed, brothers and sisters of a shared life from the beginning of time. And that alone is reason enough to see why we all must take care of each other….stewards of human life, if you were….just as we must be stewards of the planet we all walk upon! Galatians 6:10 NIV: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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God has entrusted each of us with the business at hand of keeping things running here on good ole’ terra firma! But never forget whose it all is in the first place! So we must each make it our personal responsibility to do something good with the faith He is showing in us all, by not just making our world a better place, but by making our relationships one with the other better, as well! And there is no waiting for the other guy to make the first move. Let our world become a better place and mankind become a better group of people, and let the creating of this begin with each of us!  It is what He expects and asks, in 1 Corinthians 4:1 NIV: This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. So, how about listening, feeling and understanding. Just three little things on the surface but what power they wield. They are three simple things that have the capacity to change the world in a HUGE way, one heart at a time!

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Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Titus 1:7-9 NIV

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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 or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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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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