Thought For The Day 05/16/13


Where Are Your Shoes?




For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost; and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the Enemy, all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.

“Poor Richards Almanack”, June 1758


I once saw a movie on television called “Pastor Brown”. The movie starred Sallie Richardson-Witfield and although it was not a theatrical success commercially, it has been given new life on one of the local networks known for “girlie”, box of tissues in hand, type of movies. Written by Rhonda Baraka and filmed practically next door to me, in Atlanta, GA, it is a tale of a “Prodigal Daughter”, Jesse (Whitfield) whose father is the pastor of a “mega” church in that city. When her father becomes terminally ill, this exotic dancer returns home to her “we are not really happy you’ve come back” family, which includes the son she turned her back on, and her sister.


Now “pastoring” runs in the family. Jessie had actually attended and graduated from divinity school as had her sister, the holder of a Doctorate of Divinity and who anticipated being named to replace the family Patriarch. But suddenly everyone’s world turns upside down when the elder Pastor Brown decrees, as his dying wish, that it be Jesse, who succeeds him as the leader of his church. After much soul-searching, Jesse decided to accede to his wishes and what results is a battle of wills which pits a woman with a somewhat sordid past, against everyone else….family and church leadership, alike. But the journey she makes as she seeks to become worthy of the faith her father has shown in her, in the first place, turns her life around and repairs past hurts even as it restores Jesse’s own sense of self-worth and dignity. And it is certainly this convoluted journey one woman made, which seems to have been God’s plan for her life, all along! The path she needed to make was not clear to her but it was to Him (her heavenly father) and him (her earthly father).


Now there is a line in the movie that took me some time to understand. It was when Jesse’s father asks her, “Where are your shoes, child?” but I understand the meaning now. He wasn’t challenging her as to find a pair of shoes. He was challenging her to find her way back to her God! And while Jesse comes through, it takes the others in her community much longer. You see, just as Jesus parable of the prodigal son teaches us in Luke 15:11-32 (…in humility, he recognizes his foolishness, decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy, which is given to him), Jesse is forgiven, but her sister and the church elders, have difficulty seeing this and reconciling why her father chose as he did. Doesn’t this mirror the behavior related in Luke, of the brother of the prodigal son? Isn’t it because of his own self-righteousness, that he was blinded to the joy that is to be found in the discovery that the lost was found, and which we read in Luke 15: 31-32 KJV, 31 And he said to him, Son, you are ever with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” ?


So today I want you all to look and to see if you’ve lost your own shoes as you journey through life. Is your own self-righteousness making you blind to all that discovering your faith can give you? Don’t remain blind! Instead, open your eyes to all the possibilities finding your shoes will give to you!


“For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?.”

Romans 11:15 NIV


Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry


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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