Thought For The Day 09/12/13

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Compassionate Hearts

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.
Author Unknown

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Today I am lead to re-share a post I wrote nearly a year ago. It was about people who judge and those who are the victims of their judging! Some might call it bullying. But a rose by any other name is still a rose!

I had not been the victim of bullying behavior since I was in my middle twenties, and I was waiting for the bus on a major roadway in Staten Island, NY, where I lived. I saw an older model car approaching where I stood when, suddenly, a young man leaned out the window, he spat at me, and he screamed those words every person who is over-weight, fears will be said. He screamed at me, “You big fat pig”!

That single moment is as fresh in my mind as it was when it happened in the late 1970’s. I don’t think I was ever hurt as badly as I was that day. This young man didn’t know me. He didn’t know that I had recently given birth to my son. He didn’t know that I helped people as a nurse and that I worked hard to make a wonderful life for my family. He knew NOTHING about me except what he saw in that single moment.

People continue to hurt others today, even in this time of what might be considered a time of enlightenment. Yes, judging others and bullying has made headlines in our newspapers and appears on the “crawler” that loops over and over and the bottom of the television screen on our 24 hour news station. And sadly, it seems as if no one is immune.

Judgment by others strikes today through our social media sites. In fact, I was victimized today by someone who didn’t know me. She or he even pretended to be someone else in the email they sent to me today. Yes, I felt hurt by what they did, but I am made of much stronger stuff, these days. You see, I wear some pretty good armor and try as you might, you won’t diminish or erode that armor of faith one iota!

So here is a post I wrote once upon a time. Perhaps we can all say a prayer that I won’t ever have to write another.

Mandy

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Recent events that are happening in my life are reminding me that, while I prefer to see the good in people, there are still those in the world that are firmly convinced that their way is the only way. The thing is that acting under the guise of being Christians, these people seek to hurt others by damning them for behaviors or choices that do not quite fit their notions of how a Christian should act. And try as I might, I just can not seem to wrap my head around this. Why can we not all search within our hearts to find the light that is God’s grace that burn’s within every human heart? OK, in a nutshell, why can’t we lose our preconceived notions about what is right for another and simply see them with the same eyes as does our Heavenly Father?

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I am reminded of the story of two men in the Bible who were exceedingly unpopular fellows. Levi and Zacchaeus were both tax collectors, and viewed about the same way as we view the IRS on April 15th. Many people complained to Christ because He was friendly to them. Now His response to those critical of Levi was to offer perhaps what is one verse of the most sage advice that is to be found in the New Testament, Luke 5:31,-32 NIV: Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” And of course, similarly with Zacchaeus, the tongues began wagging when Jesus visited the home of this man. However, Zacchaeus told Christ that he believed in what the Lord was teaching, and Jesus accepted him into God’s family and described to them His purpose: Luke 19-10 NIV: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Just as Jesus showed compassion and tolerance to others by His very actions, so are we given a choice to love and accept others despite behaviors that we might find objectionable. After all, it is each of us who will be called individually on Judgement Day, to give an accounting to God of our actions while we lived. And it is God and God alone who should be passing judgement on the way we lived our lives, not those Tom’s, Dick’s and Harry’s out there who delight in creating misery for so many!

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So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Romans 14: 12-18

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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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