Thought For The Day 06/18/13






On life’s journey, we can’t BECOME FOUND without first BECOMING LOST!

Amanda Bruscella

(sentiment inspired by thousands of quotes I’ve seen since starting to include them here!


A friend commented on her social media page that today held a special, and somewhat painful significance for her because 4 years ago occurred  a HUGE life change. I do not know exactly what she meant (I knew of her only casually back then, because she was the aunt of my own niece’s best friend….kind of a friend of a friend…) but I can surmise what it was. She acknowledges her thankfulness for the many friends and family that remained unwaveringly by her side, in spite of the fact that they may not have understood what was happening nor why it was happening. But they knew her and that was enough to guarantee they would support the choices she felt compelled to make. And isn’t faith like that a wonderful thing? To know that those who love you are always in your corner for the fights in your life, even when the battle is not theirs?


The quote you read above was what I wrote on her page today, and while I am sure such brilliance could not have been totally mine, which is why I credit the inspiration to the many quotes I have gone through as I find one that fits what I am sharing here perfectly, every day, still, the truth of it is unmistakable! We can not find ourselves, or even realize that we are looking in the first place, without first being lost, in some way! And I guess that is why I see our embracing faith as a journey along a path that has perhaps a million other pathways intersecting it along the way. Which is why each time we encounter a cross-road and a choice, we are forced to stop, take stock of where we are up to that point, think about what we have yet to accomplish, and then choose which way the road we need to continue along will take us.


There is not a single journey any one of us will make that is the mirror image of another’s journey. The choices for our journey are as varied as there are stars in the sky! The knowing of where we must head is in the knowing of but one, and while we may feel His guiding hand in our back as we walk, the choices we make and the steps we take are ours and ours alone to make.


The wonderful thing is that even if we think we are lost as we journey, at least to God, that is, it is never a forever kind of lost. That is the promise that faith gives to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit is a gift given to everyone. The problem is that all too often we don’t use these gifts. Sometimes it’s because we don’t realize they are there. And sometimes it’s because we have hardened our own hearts so much that we will not allow the gifts to enter or be used. And I think that is the fault of the times in which we live.


Jesus and the disciples wore the Holy Spirit like a mantle and it was easier for others to see and hear and listen and learn and then go forward themselves. The distractions of modern living were not there, getting in the way or muddying the message. But today we often permit only a superficial dusting of the Holy Spirit and what happens is that we wear only a pale hue of the mantle that adorned those who came before. Once Mark 16:17-18 was the mantra; “And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Today, the things we can do are hinted at, not shouted forth!


We each have so much potential for being the catalyst for change. It is something we must search to do. Yes, what we choose to do depends so much on the kind of person we are inside. Our gifts are all different but that they are there for us to wield should never be doubted. But we must remember that the gift of the Holy Spirit is more that simply our own blessing. It’s also realizing that the spiritual life of others may well depend on what we choose to do with it and how we share it with others! I read something once and I have never forgotten the words! You are carrying someone’s miracle. Don’t let it stay inside.


What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:1-4 ESV


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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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