Thought For The Day 07/10/13




do what you can


When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’

Dalai Lama


Have you ever noticed that one of humankind’s greatest faults is that we lack contentment in life? And while it is commonplace in the times in which we now live, this is certainly not limited to life in the 21st century. Consider that it was Teddy Roosevelt that coined the phrase quoted in the picture that appears above! You see, during the Spanish-American War, men under Roosevelt were hesitant to begin the battle for San Juan Hill. They wanted more men, more guns, and more supplies.



Sound vaguely familiar? It should because it is the same attitude displayed by so may people who live today, who have so much and yet who want more money, more power and more fame. It was the same attitude displayed by those who were willing to fight  in 1898 during the time of Teddy’s San Juan Hill, when Spanish colonial rule ended in the Americas, but only if they had more. And it was the same attitude displayed by one of a pair of brothers who lived in the earliest days of our Biblical history, when the one with a black heart wanted more recognition for his sacrifice to God.


So what ties all of these things together? Well, clearly, when we lack contentment, we are also saying to God that we do not trust in His capacity to provide the things that are the best for us. And while we think that chasing after our own dreams will provide us with the answers to living happily, generally our relief is short-lived. You see, contentment begins and ends with a mind and a heart that has a personal relationship with God and a belief that what He gives both materially and spiritually, is sufficient to meet our needs. Cain lacked this relationship and trust, as did Teddy’s soldiers. And there are far more people today who try to find the answers within their own making, rather than trusting in His solutions.


So how do we find contentment? It boils down to us choosing it. Contentment is often mind over matter. A by-product, if you will! Remember words that are attributed to the Apostle Paul, “I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.” What he is saying is that we all have the same chance of finding contentment, since it is a by-product of our relationship with Christ, because of His sacrificial gift! Once we realize this, everything else seems to miraculously fall into place for our lives!


7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Proverbs 30:7-9 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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