Thought For The Day 02/08/13



Mea Culpa




There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west.
The only folks we really wound,
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I slept poorly the other night. I tossed and turned. I woke up in fits and starts. My dreams carried troubling images that continued to haunt my waking the next morning. And why? Because I had hurt someone I loved very much. I did not even realize that my words had carried such pain and I think that is the more unforgivable part of the whole scenario!


I am not perfect. In fact, I am so far from perfect that I am probably teetering on the brink of actually being gifted at being contrary! Now, unless you really know me well, I doubt you would have ever seen this part of me nor would you believe me capable of such behavior. And therein lies the problem. You see, it is generally only the special people in our lives that ever bear true witness to our very worst behaviors, and they are the ones who least deserve it! So why it is we hurt the ones we love? Why it is that we fail to treat those closest to us with the same common courtesies we show to our mail carrier, the person down the block or someone standing in line behind us?


Think for a moment about one who deserved only the very best…the greatest love, kindness and respect from a group he had hand selected to work closely with him on some very important business. This man spent so much time with this group of colleagues, even traveling from place to place, as they shared the important work they were about. The group could not have been more closely tied had they been tied as brothers by blood’s bond! But all too soon, the business they were about was going to drastically change. In all truth, it was destined to be this way! (John 3:35 NIV The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.) So the man gathered this special group together for a meal, knowing full well that he would be leaving them in just about a days time. He knew that Satan had already corrupted some in this company to surrender him up for sacrifice. (Luke 23:3 NIV Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.) Still, he loved them enough to help them to bathe the remnants of the day’s journey from grimy skin. Amid protests, he persevered. (John 13: 15-16 NIV I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.) Yet, the very humanness of the group will prevail, and they will hurt the one they love in ways that are nearly incomprehensible! One betrays the man, and another denies the man, more than once!


This just goes to prove that no one is immune from both committing and receiving actions that hurt. There may be reasons why we perpetrate these things. We may be jealous, or hurt or tormented in some way or simply tired. But because of the closeness of the tie, we forget that everyone suffers from the slings and arrows our tongue is capable of. The one difference is that those we love and who love us in return, do so in spite of our very human propensities. You see, we have forged a tie with each because of the love we share and while that tie may stretch a bit by our actions, it usually remains whole and intact. Will we continue to test that love? Of course. But by thinking about how we can make each other feel by knowing exactly which buttons create which response, perhaps we can tread a bit more gingerly with the hearts of those closest to us. I wrote yesterday something on my social media page that is well worth remembering. It is a take on an old saying pertaining to the art of carpentry. But the truth it contains is absolute. “THINK TWICE. SPEAK ONCE. REGRET NEVER!”


27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:27-31 NIV


It is now February of 2013, more than 3 months since Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, and yet there are still people living in Staten Island that remain without the essential services that you and I are taking for granted today, even as Winter weather is now descending. Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of this horrific storm. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!


Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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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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