Thought For The Day 01/15/13


What Do The Signs Tell Us?


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When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift


The signs that guide our way. They are everywhere in our life. From mammoth billboards that advertise everything from businesses to behaviors, to the street name on nearly every corner or crossroad we come to, to guidance from our leaders and administrators, the signs that light our way are everywhere. Now they are erected for us with the sole purpose of keeping us traveling or behaving the way someone, usually a stranger, thinks we should be, as we live our lives. And since we tend to see these signs as absolute and proof positive in their correctness, we all too often fail to follow our own inner voice and common sense that should direct our actions and behaviors. So, like Lemmings, we follow those signs blindly, often to the edge of the precipice, and sometimes to our doom! How do we know which signs we should follow and how do we know they are correct?


While following the signs God sends are perhaps ones we should trust blindly, it is rare when we should do the same for the signs man gives us. I say rare because there may be times when we should trust man. Did you know that on August 23, 1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a resolution on a piece of paper which he folded and asked his cabinet to endorse with their signatures without reading? They did so, committing themselves blindly to whatever he had resolved! And like the trust his cabinet had for their commander and chief, when those we love guide us and we know that they have only our best interests at heart, we usually feel comfortable that where they are leading us is for our own good. This is the way that trust should exist between life partners or a parent and child. Usually! You see, no matter how much you trust someone, I firmly believe our own inner voice should always trump what we are being told. If it feels wrong to us then it probably is not right for our lives!  And while the Bible tells us in Psalm 118:8 ESV to trust God rather than man, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”, He too, expects that we will apply the free will which He has given to us, as we follow life’s signs. Romans 14:15 NASB says, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.”


God may give man some specific signs, or even miracles, to guide us when it is necessary. Just think about the star that guided the believers to a stable that held His newly born son! Matthew 2:9 NIV reads, “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.” But even then, God expected the Wise Men to use their wisdom and common sense as they decided which path was the best one to take to reach Bethlehem! Yes, we should trust that He will open the door and make all things possible for us and the lives we lead. And we must remember that our own will might just cause our choices to be biased in a way that might be dangerous to us. But we are also each responsible for praying and thinking and talking to those we trust, about the choices He gives to us. Never forget that the ones we grab a hold of as we make our life’s journey, are also choices with consequences we must live with for a lifetime!


25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Luke 21: 25-28 NIV


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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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