Thought For The Day 04/12/13


How Do We Deal With Our Fear?




Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.

Orison Swett Marden


The other day, Dan and I were traveling home from Wilmington, NC, which is about a 75 mile trip (one way) because that is where his specialist is for one of his cancers (yes I said one, because we have a full plate right now where cancer is concerned). Now we are united and confident that, just as we always have been since first facing this enemy in 1998, we will triumph, together, over this insidious, malignant foe. And I guess because this is within the realm of the known for me, I do not fear what we face. However, what I DO find myself fearing was a sight that made my heart lurch as we were on our way home from his treatment. That, my friends, was the sight of a dozen military transport planes, in 4 groups of 3 each, that spanned the horizon in front of our eyes…heading from southwest to northeast. They were not fighter jets but appeared to be the type of jet aircraft that we use to ferry troops and supplies where we need them to be. And that, my friends, I do fear…..


We live in an uncertain age and, unfortunately for mankind, it is an age where too many leaders think like a child often thinks….that it is the one who comes away from the schoolhouse scuffle as the one on top, who will be the one that gets to wear the crown of victory. It is behavior that is often seen when politics consume common sense, and when we allow political gain to erode our capacity to foster a genuine dialogue and exchange of ideas, between people, and nations. It is the same mentality that consumed the thinking of Caiaphas the high priest, and the scribes and the elders, during the Sanhedrin trial of Christ, before he was surrendered to Pontious Pilate for sentencing. For that matter, it was the same thinking that consumed and destroyed King Saul who could only see his legacy being threatened by David instead of seeing the great things the two, united, might have been able to accomplish for their people. Romans 14:1 ESV says it all don’t you think? “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” But it is this mindset and inability to allow free opinions among other people, that frightens me, because this is what is consuming the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.


Dealing with fears like this are some of the toughest problems we face, especially in a nuclear world, but how successful we are depends on the approach we take. The solution is easy to reason but immensely hard to accomplish, because it demands that we cede our power to control all things, to whatever higher power we gain comfort from worshipping! Whether it is Buddhism, which is the primary religion in North Korea, or Islam in the Middle East, Judaism throughout the region (spread widely by the nomadic existence forced upon these people throughout history), Christianity which dominates most Western cultures, to the hundreds of other recognized faiths, the essential values all hold in toto, peace and brotherhood among all people, is nearly universal. And it will only be when we accept that the powers of both good and evil to manage, rests solely with whatever Higher Power we worship and love, will we be able to realize universal peace! 1 John 4:18 KJV, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”


Now for my faith, I know that we will succeed only if we choose to trust. Yes, unwavering and yes, even blind, TRUST. You see, it is only when we recognize that fear is what Satan wants from us, to tempt us away from the truth that is ours to know only when we believe in God (For me, my Supreme Being), will the world be ready to move forward in the true spirit of brotherhood! Psalm 33:4-6 KJV “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”


I want you all to remember some very wise words, written just this past Sunday, by a friend (and mentor) of mine, in a sermon entitled, “Be Not Troubled”:

So today as you go about your day, and you hear these things on the news or read about them online, I ask you to not worry, and to say a prayer for those who are in harm’s way. Our Lord will keep us in His arms. We may face trials, we may face wars, we may be persecuted, and yes a time may come when we as Christians may be called upon to give our life for our Faith….. But the hope that we have is in the promise of Our Lord in (Matthew 24), verse 13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”


“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 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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