Thought For The Day 03/07/13

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Are We Body Or Are We Soul?

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Abbot Zerchi smiled thinly. “Yon don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body,
temporarily.”
Walter M. Miller, Jr
(The an adaptation of the above quote is often attributed to CS Lewis who penned “The Chronicles of Narnia”. However, the quote is actually from “A Canticle for Leibowitz”, published in 1960. The story, set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. In the book, it is the responsibility of the monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz to preserve science and scientific technology, until the man is once again ready for it.)

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A fellow blogger asked a really important question yesterday in her post, and it is a question that we all should contemplate and seek an answer to! Her question was this:

“I wonder what would happen if we spent that much time focused on our soul instead of our bodies?”

(http://faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/are-we-body-or-soul/)

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Now I am fairly certain that most people have always thought of the physical nature of man as being the primary thing that must be tended to, content to relegate the tending of the soul to the local “man of the cloth” superhero as God’s designate here on earth. Which might go to show that most people pay more attention to things such as beauty and health and the other things that are part of our everyday existence. And yet, are we really that shallow? Let’s think about a few things, shall we? Will that dinner we enjoyed at our favorite restaurant feed the child who has only a box of cereal in the house……if he’s lucky? Will the new shade of lipstick we bought repair the clef lip and palate of a child in a third world country who is shunned by his peers because he looks different? Will the vitamins we take or get from nutritious foods nourish the senior citizen around the corner living on a fixed income and who has to choose between eating or paying the electric bill so they can be warm this winter? Will the facelift we paid for help a pregnant woman living in substandard housing pay for prenatal care? Will our leaders in government give up just one week of their pay so that America’s Head Start program can continue to try to start our littlest ones who live in poverty on a more level playing field with their classmates who have had the benefit of daycare and a pre-Kindergarten education? When will we transform from the selfish, egotistical body to the soul who cares about the welfare of his brother and the future of our world? Well, perhaps we are sometimes selfish, but there is much more to each of us than what we see when we look into the mirror! John 13:34-35 ESV , “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Ask someone to tell you the difference between what is body and what is soul and you are likely to find something like this being conveyed to you. The body is physical and material (which is to say, made of tangible solid and liquid matter) whereas the soul is immaterial (which is to say, made of some intangible spiritual essence). But the soul is so much more than something etherial and intangible. The soul is the best part of the human heart. Because the body is physical, it is vulnerable to being corrupted and attacked. On the other hand the soul, while transcendent, is absolute and impenetrable to corruption unless we choose to allow it happen. And since we can choose, why would we not choose to nurture the part of us that holds our capacity to love, be honest, know purpose, respect others and understands that it is we who create happiness in the world? Galatians 5:22-23 NIV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

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If asked, most people would affirm that they believe they are really good at heart. And in all honesty, I would have to agree. I believe, perhaps more than we even realize, that we all nurture our soul for the purpose of living a good and kind life! Unless someone is sociopathic, what it is we want from the life we lead is for it to matter. We want to make a difference, and we also want to leave the world a better place that it was the day our body first drew breath and our soul sprang forth. But the best part that is each of us is not automatic, nor is it absolute. It requires we give at least as much as we hope we will realize from each day that we live. How you give is entirely up to you. But at the end of the day, as we close our eyes, if we can whisper to ourselves that today we did our best, then we have lived a life that will meet with God’s expectations for us!

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“Go give to the needy sweet charity’s bread.

For giving is living,” the angel said.

“And must I be giving again and again?”

My peevish, petulant answer ran.

“Oh, no,” said the angel, piercing me through,

“just give till the Master stops giving to you.”

Author Unknown

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“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …

Matthew 25:31-46 ESV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “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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