Thought For The Day 01/17/13


Brussel Sprouts!


if you never try


“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”

Dave Barry


There is one memory that will be forever imprinted in my mind, and it is the day my mom tried to get me to eat Brussel Sprouts. She cajoled and bribed and did everything short of standing on her head, but I refused to try them. She even used the words that all mothers use almost as much as we use hand sanitizer today…..”Try them, you’ll like them!” And still, I balked! Now I finally did try them and despite the fact that I like their kissing cousin, cabbage, I still can not abide Brussel Sprouts! I LOVE Spinach and I even liked Liver and Onions as a child, but those little round balls of ick will never be a vegetable I serve often in my home! However, I did learn a profound lesson from the experience. Whether or not we ultimately like something, we must always be willing to venture into the realm of the unknown, by taking a chance on something new. And even though we may never develop a “palate” for whatever it is, we will have grown just a bit for having given it the effort!
The same exact thing holds true for matters of faith. There will always be people out there who will put the brakes on when someone in their life begins speaking to them of all of the things that faith brings to our table. Perhaps it is because they are remembering a childhood of hard pews, and sitting through a sermon where a “pontificating old poop” shouted out at (instead of speaking to) everyone sitting in the sanctuary, that they were all doomed to hellfire and damnation if they didn’t mend their evil ways. I can understand that. For me, experiences like that are exactly like Brussel Sprouts. The more someone pushes, the harder we hit our brakes. Yes, I can understand people who, having had faith shoved down their throats in this way, feeling the way they do. However, I want to tell them that just as times are changing, so are the ways and places we can worship. The key is to give faith another try. You never know….you may just like our “21st century” kind of faith. It’s a faith you can find wherever you look and wherever you go. It’s a faith worth giving a second chance…..a fighting chance! Because, as it says in Hebrews 11:1 NIV, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” And sometimes what we hope to get from the experience of discovering or rediscovering faith is worth taking just one more tiny taste of those Brussel Sprouts!
I Hope You Dance
performed by Lee Ann Womack


51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

1 Corinthians 15:51 -53 NLT


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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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