Thought For The Day 10/26/13


A Somebody Or A Nobody?




“The essence of Buddhism is if you can, help others. If not, then at least refrain from hurting others.”

Tenzin Gyatso

the 14th Dalai Lama


There is a man in the Bible that I bet most of you don’t know. Indeed, his name is fairly obscure but he was far from being a nobody, and in fact, his prayer is followed by many who would live their lives by its tenets!


Birth thousands of years ago was a difficult undertaking, which is why the numbers of maternal and infant mortality ran so high. Then again, life expectancy was also low. Few people lived beyond the age of 50 in the 1st Century! But despite our modern medical wonders, giving birth, even today, remains a profoundly difficult and painful process. So when a woman gave birth a half a century before Christ’s emergence into the world, and the birth was even more difficult that was the norm, it is easy to understand how she might choose to name her son Jabez, which in Hebrew, means pain! But what a burden a name like that could be for a young man to carry with him for a lifetime!


Now Jabez was both well-respected, as well as prosperous. In fact, he was of the lineage of the Kings’ tribe of Judah! But even greater than his lineage was his faith.You see, every day Jabez would pray to God and every day he would ask that nothing he did or would do in life would cause pain or sorrow or harm to another. And the prayer he prayed can be found in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NKJV, “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.”


Now when you divide Jabez prayer into its components, we can see that there are really 4 entreaties that he makes to God. First, he asks for God’s blessing. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory, which is how it is likely he viewed his possessions. Thirdly, Jabez asks that God remain always with Him. and lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from sin and from any hurt that he might cause. And we know from the Bible, that his very life was the antithesis of his name, and is a lesson we all should learn from!


We all struggle as we travel through life. In fact, there is no journey that is perfect and free of pitfalls! But if we seek to know God and to allow him into our hearts and our lives, then like this seemingly nobody, God will reward our efforts and our lives, just as He did for Jabez…..even when our names do not mean pain!


(Worthy to be loved)


“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:1-3 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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