Thought For The Day 09/18/13

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The Golden Rule

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“Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice; it is an investment.”

Author Unknown

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Many years ago, a movie came out and it became known by one famous line the heroine speaks to the hero….. “Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry”! Now as far as I am concerned, never have words that were more wrong than these, ever been uttered! You see, we all must always be willing to say we are sorry for a wrong we have committed. And that goes double to those that we love and have hurt by something we have done, whether it was intended or not! Now this is not the reason I brought this line of dialogue up, although it did feel good to get my response off my chest! No, the reason that I mention this line is that in my head today, I began to think of this quote altered a bit. I thought of this sentence before I could help myself. “Faith Means Always Having The Courage To Say I’m Sorry”, which just might be the hardest thing any person can ever do.

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There is almost no one alive who is ready, willing and able to jump up and shout out for all of the world to hear, “I screwed up. I was wrong. I’M SORRY!” You see, admitting that we are wrong about something means that we have the courage to let go of our human propensity toward being someone who sees the world through the tunnel vision of their own narrowmindedness! And I can say with some certainty that no one wants to admit that they may have a prejudiced mind. And no, I do not mean prejudice toward another person (although that is also a wrong). No, I mean prejudice in our propensity to closing ourselves off to all the possibilities something new might just afford. You see, this is exactly what happens when we don’t open our minds as well as our hearts, to the new experiences we are afforded when we cherish those we care about (and those we don’t, as well) and when we embrace all that they can teach!

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The Golden Rule” is a code of ethics and morality, that describes the ideal relationship we should have between ourselves and those whose lives touch ours. The “Golden Rule” was given its luster-filled name because it is a rule more valuable to our welfare than is all the gold in Fort Knox (which, for my foreign readers, is the United States bullion depository). You see, The biblical teaching that one should behave toward others as one would have others behave toward oneself is a hard learned lesson, unfortunately. But it is a lesson whose rewards are infinitely more valuable to us than simply enjoying those things of worth we have accumulated by our own hand! Which may be why it is a lesson taught over and over in the Bible!

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Matthew says it! (Matthew 7:12 NIV, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”) So does Luke! (Luke 6:31 ESV, “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”) And the same lesson is found in Leviticus! (Leviticus 19:18 NLT, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”)  And amazingly, this very same “Golden Rule” transcends faiths.

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The “Golden Rule” of Buddhism is, “Treat others the way you wish to be treated.” And the “Golden Rule” for Taoism?  “Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.” And  the “Golden Rule” for Shinto? Well if you guessed it was the same, you were right! “Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.” So if you are someone who believes that all of the world’s faiths are inexplicably linked, there can be no greater proof that this! Which then takes this lesson one step further by proving to us all that there is an absolute that is so important to our personal well-being, that it appears as a part of the written history of so many faiths, and therefore, must be one that we embrace and cherish, and design our lives around and then live by, ALWAYS!

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He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Luke 10:27 NIV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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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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