Thought For The Day 09/03/13


Calling All Angels!




“A Spiritual Samaritan lives knowing that if we were to leave this world tomorrow, we were the best humans we could be and we touched the lives of as many souls as possible. We are not asked to be perfect. We are asked to make a difference.”

Molly Friedenfeld


I am calling on all of you angels out there, and I want to ask you a very important question! Can you name just one person (and it can’t be yourself) who is in need? I am certain there is at least one person, and more than likely it is many more than just one, whose life is lacking in some way! Now just remember that we can not dismiss someone who is affluent, because I can name some very wealthy people who remain among life’s neediest, despite having what most of us would believe is everything! You see, need can be demonstrated by “want” when it comes to social, emotional, mental health and physical needs and resources, in addition to a lack of coin!


Yesterday I began humming a song, for no particular reason. I had not heard it nor had I seen the movie that I seem to connect so intimately with its memory. But suddenly I knew that today we needed to be challenged to think of just one way we might help someone who is in need and then act on our idea! It need not be a gift or anything purchased, because, as well all know, the most valuable things in life are rarely things that we pay money for. What I want us to pay forward is a gift from our hearts, not our pocketbooks! Yes, remember the movie “Pay It Forward” that featured the song in the title of today’s “Thought”?


Perhaps a few of you reading this don’t know or haven’t heard of the concept of “Pay It Forward”, so here is a brief explanation. “Pay It Forward” began as a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, became a movie of the same name and is now a real-life social movement. The concept was designed to teach children that they could change the world utilizing a charitable “pyramid scheme” type of scenario. Do one very special thing for 3 people…something impactful in their lives…but offer the caveat that they in turn must “Pay It Forward” by doing one very special thing for 3 others….and so on. I doubt Ms. Hyde realized the impact her vision would have on the lives of millions, but there is now a foundation whose mission it is to provide teachers the resources to teach young people that it’s within their power to singularly change our world by employing the “Pay It Forward” concept.


So I am challenging you to think up some way you can brighten the day and perhaps even the life of another. It may be a friend, or even a total stranger. For example, I am thinking about the face of the elderly woman who had finished loading her groceries into her car trunk and who faced the exhausting task of taking her shopping cart to the cart corral, when I appeared and said simply, “I’ll take that for you”. I knew that simple act had made her day. And while the true “Pay It Forward” philosophy encourages that the one helped agree to do something special for yet another, I think that this message is conveyed by our act of kindness, alone. So if the person you are doing something for chooses to do something kind for someone else, of their own volition, well, so be it. If not, that’s fine too. But I’m betting that like a toppling row of dominoes, once we start the ball rolling, it will gather more goodwill as it travels from one to another!



written by:

Charlie Colin, Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood

performed by:


To view a video of the song with lyrics, click the arrow on the embed screen below.



Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Luke 10:30-34 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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