Thought For The Day 10/21/13

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Taking Our Time

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Job

Oil on canvas by Bonnat Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Bonnat02.jpg

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

Carl Jung

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/carljung157285.html

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It seems as if people today are always in a race against the clock. We run and we dash, from point A to point B. And what do we find when we get there? Well generally nothing good or at the very least, usually not what we were expecting to find or accomplish when we made our decision to thrown down the gauntlet in the first place! So why is it that we seem to become so upset in the face of experiences that should be no more than a mild irritation?

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Having patience does not mean that we are passive or milquetoast in our attitude. In fact, often the opposite is true. People with the strongest convictions as well as faith are the most patient. You see, they recognize that God views patience as a fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 NASB reminds us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Think about Job, perhaps the one name we most closely tie to the virtue that is patience!

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Job was a righteous man who is much favored by God. But Satan is upset and says that Job’s integrity is because God provides His protection. So God turns aside and allows Satan to rob Job of his wealth, his family and even his health. Of course, Satan is certain that this will make Job abandon his faith and turn from God. And though Job curses the day he was born and pleads for an explanation from the Almighty as to why He has allowed these things to occur, Job does NOT curse God, nor does he accuse God of treating him unjustly. And it is when God speaks to Job (in the company of his friends), that Job realizes how little he really understands of God’s ways, and his reply to God is this: “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.” Job 40:4 RSV. 

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Well, as we all know, Satan has lost and for his faith despite these odds, God restores Job and gives him even more blessings than he had before. Job was blessed with  seven sons, and three beautiful daughters, lived for 140 years and bore witness to 4 generations of descendants!

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Now patience learned by embracing our faith does not happen easily nor quickly. We must submit to God’s will and allow the trials to come. But as we endure, triumph, and yes, at times, even succumb to their challenges, we will not just become stronger people  but we will become stronger in our faith. After all, that which does not kill us only serves to make us stronger, does it not? And I suspect that it is this that is partly responsible for the fact that the story of Job is found in the texts that serve the faiths of Judaism and Islam, as well.

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“Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

James 5:10-11 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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