Thought For The Day 04/21/13

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The Ripple Effect

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kindness

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http://www.spreadkindness.org/tools/kindness-quotes

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No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

Amelia Earhart

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Temptations abound at every turn. For some, that temptation might manifest itself in a piece of chocolate cake. For others, it might just be a pack of cigarettes. For yet others, the lure might be drugs or alcohol. But whatever it is that tugs at our hearts, urging us to partake of those things that are at their worst, illegal and at best, are harmful to us, I want you to think about one thing. They are all sent to us from one who would delight in seeing us become so egotistical that we find ourselves forgetting all of the things that bring joy to our hearts and fulfillment to our souls. We forget that things like kindness and bearing witness to the fruit of the Holy Spirit (rather than the fruit of the vine), will reap rewards far beyond any, that Satan’s lure promises, if we but forget our faith!

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Faith is not like diamonds or pearls. It is not something we wear every day, paraded before the eyes of others, to show all that we have and reminding them of that which they might have not. It is, instead, felt and displayed in the little (and not so little) things we do, such as when Oprah Winfrey started a scholarship fund at Morehouse College, the all-male, historically black school in Atlanta. Her goal was to help a few young men earn their degrees. And while few of us can afford generosity like this, the result of her act became a movement of people doing little things themselves for others. The ripple effect of these gestures has impacted far more people that the original gesture intended by the benefactress. You see, it is the kindness we might not even think twice about the moment we do it, that becomes more valuable to someone in need. Yes, having $$$$$$ allows us to help on a larger scale, but the small things mean just as much.

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10 Kindness Gestures

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  1. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
  2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
  3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
  4. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
  5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
  6. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
  7. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
  8. Put a coin in an expired meter.
  9. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
  10. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.

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There are a million acts of kindness that we might do for another, so I have decided to do something positive each and every day. These are things beyond what I do on the social media site I subscribe to where I have a faith-based page with the same name as this blog (where I offer prayers, stories, jokes, Bible verses…..all things meant to lift the spirit of the people who visit it every day)! For example, the other day, I visited businesses on my street and asked them if they would consider lowering their flag to 1/2 mast, to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. (This was, in fact, ordered by the President, but many business owners were not aware of the proclamation.) Their response was, at first, surprise, and then gratefulness that I would do this. One person asked me why. My answer was, “Because it is the right thing to do and what I owe those who became victims on April 15th”! I could just as easily have answered, “Because it is what God asks of me….and you too”!

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12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 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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