Thought For The Day 11/26/12

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With The Heart Of A Child

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A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.

Author Unknown

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There is a very famous Bible verse that comes from Paul. I Corinthians 13:11. reads, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child; I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” And while Paul was making an analogy about the church during the time of it’s very beginnings, there is much wisdom contained that can be applied to the lives we as Christians live today! After all, it is only as we grow and mature with age, and we put the impulsive behaviors of youth behind us, that we are able to more fully understand the lessons that Christ intended for man. Even now in 2012, the same messages that He shared with our ancestors during the time he walked the earth, are well worth remembering! Yes, we should and we must, lose our childish traits such as selfishness, ignorance, stubbornness, and the incapacity to understand the value of things. These are behaviors that, if maintained by the human adult, will limit the level of maturity that is needed for us to be able to become the independent managers of the parts of life that we need, to control, to prioritize and to manage our households, our communities and our countries in this big world in which we live! However, seeing the world with the awe and wonder and the inherent curiosity that is a part of childhood is something we really should not allow maturity to rob of us too quickly!

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Children are PURE!

Yes, there are those who see all life born as depraved by the stain of original sin. But there is not a single newborn alive that has yet committed sin.  Yes, God reinforces this fact to us in Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son.” Which is why Jesus taught that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to people who are pure of heart, just like a little child!

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Children are HUMBLE!

For children there is no one person in the world who is blessed with more greatness or wealth or strength or beauty than any other. All people are equally endowed with these things in the mind of a child. Being someone special is rarely, if ever, important to children. Instead all that matters is that they ARE! Jesus reminded the disciples of the same thing when they asked Him who was the greatest in Heaven. Mark 10:15, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

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Children want to LEARN!

Children are always willing to see all the new possibilities that are available in life even as they absorb, like sponges, all of the information that the world has to offer. This is exactly why a child will ask the adults in their world a million questions…..things that may make no sense to us, such as “Why is are you tall and I’m not?” or “Why is grass green?”! However, as adults, we are often guilty of closing our minds to new possibilities. But God asks of us to listen and learn the lessons His Son shared with the world with every one of our senses, and He also asks us particularly, to open our minds and to see with our hearts! Romans 12:2 reminds us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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Children TRUST

Our little ones instinctively know that they are unable to do for themselves and so they trust that their parents will care for them and provide for their needs. So should we remember to trust that God has promised to care for us, as well. Yes, that may well be by allowing us the knowledge we need to care for ourselves, but it is also in understanding that He is always right by our sides as we do! Hebrews 13:5 reminds us,  “For he himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

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Yes, some very mature and responsible life and faith decisions ask us to remember some very childlike behaviors and actions. So the next time you encounter a little one in your life, look at them…..REALLY LOOK….. and then ask yourself what things about them are worth remembering and applying to the life we live as an adult of faith!

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1-4 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 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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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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