Thought For The Day 10/11/13

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Finding Faith In A Faithless World!

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If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.

Mahatma Gandhi 

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_faith.html#ROsgx4JO3HtBlfjr.99

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I am a person that grew up in a family that practiced faith. It was simply the way we were, as were nearly everyone who were friends and acquaintances of ours. To attend church seemed as natural to me as breathing, which is why I was astounded when I went off to college, and discovered that as a practicing Christian, I was a member of the minority rather than the majority!

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Now I don’t mean to imply that Christians are a minority, although of the 84% of the world’s population that profess to have a faith system, only about a third are, in fact, Christian, according to a Washington Times article in December, 2012. No, what is even more astounding is that for the number of Christians I attended college with, only roughly 1 in 3 were active in their church.

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Now I do not have definitive statistics to support this. In fact, I believe that it is almost an impossibility to prove the merits of this, since very few people will openly admit to having faith but not to being among the faithful! However, it is still a rather sobering statistic to contemplate!

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Ask those who know God but who do not practice why this is, and if they are willing to open up and be completely honest, they will often attribute it to a breakdown of the dynamic of faith starting with the church leadership, and ending with the congregation, all of who are often criticized for saying one thing and then doing and living another way entirely! And it is this that can turn the sanctity of what should be an intimate relationship with God into nothing more than a joke! So how do we find faith in what seems to be a faithless world?

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Think for a moment about this verse from 1 Corinthians 14:13 NKJV, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace …” You see, we often blame God for a failing that is man’s alone to bear. The choice He affords us allows us the right to act on our faith teachings in one of two ways. Either we align our understanding to His and then act on the lessons we are being taught in a way that benefits us as well as others! Or we interpret the lessons according to our own mind and expectations, and then we act accordingly…..and wrongly!

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To find faith, you must take a “leap of faith” and lose all of the things that drives most of our behaviors, such as reason and logic. We must lose our need to question and apply our book smarts to an issue that needs only our belief in the absence of the concretes of life! And even if you doubt, still look to see the matter at hand with an open mind and a willingness to weigh all of the pros and cons. And should that tendency to want to logically look at the matter rear its ugly head once more, refer back to the first sentence in this paragraph!

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Lastly, remember that we are not perfect beings. We will all face things that come our way by balancing on the top of the fence rail in many respects. But how we respond to faith is one thing where there should be little balancing needed! Receiving God’s grace does not give us a license to sin. God’s grace gives us a promise that we will one day be in a place where sin exists no more! And that is the greatest gift any of us can ever receive!

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Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”

2 Corinthians 9:7-9 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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