Thought For The Day 11/19/12

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Getting Older or Getting Better?

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Birthdays are good for your health. Research shows that the more birthdays you have, the longer you live.

Skiddy Kellydurham O’Donnel-Power

11/17/12

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As Dan is growing closer to the day when he will be eligible for Medicare (yes, one of those so-called entitlements that we who have worked for years have actually funded by our contributions withheld from pay checks that always seemed just a tad too little to give those of us who are among America’s working class population the ability to raise a family, pay bills and tuck a little away for our future post working years), I am wondering whether our aging citizens are really getting better as the old adage implies or ar we simply getting older? And I guess the answer to that question must be, it’s simply a matter of whether you are a “glass half empty” or a “glass half full” kind of person!

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We all can sit and bemoan our lot in life if that is where our head directs our heart to aim for. Sounds a bit like Job 17:15 ESV, “Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?”, don’t you think? The problem is that wallowing in self-pity never solved any dilemma, as far as I know. In fact, I find just the opposite to be true. The more we lament, the more things seem to grow and multiply, coming to the forefront of our list of regrets or circumstances which make us unhappy.  For example, when Dan and I argue, the ideal would be to keep the argument centered around the one particular thing that made one of us angry but instead, we begin to harp about things that have no bearing on the thing at hand and which really matter little, like always finding the gas tank empty when we’re going out and it’s raining, or having to go to the dryer to get that clean pair of socks instead of the underwear drawer where clean socks belong. And suddenly, the argument morphs into some insidious beast where the sins from the past 37 years seem to become fodder for the feed trough!

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Focusing on life’s negatives is a sure-fire road to unhappiness. It will cause you to miss opportunities and good times, neglect the problems that can be fixed and place mountains between you and those who are closest to you! In a nut shell, it puts our entire quality of life right in the toilet! The thing is that the glass is most likely never half empty. What you think is gone is really just sitting on the bottom just waiting for you to drink your fill of the chocolate milk only to find the sweet residue of chocolate that missed being mixed up sitting on the bottom as a final treat! And the same thing exists when we think in terms of approaching our faith with a “glass half full” attitude, as well. James 1:12 ESV, describes our reward perfectly. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

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Yes, as we age, the realization that life is really getting shorter each year actually serves to enhance our appreciation for each second that we live! Because like chocolate milk, the sweetest things in life are the experiences we savor and enjoy during the days when we have not just the time to enjoy them, but the wisdom of age to fully appreciate them, as well!

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17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3: 17-19

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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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