Thought For The Day 11/02/13

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All We Are Saying………..

Is Give Peace A Chance!

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Give peace a chance

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“If not me, who? And if not now, when?

Mikhail Gorbachev

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/if-not-me-who-and-if-not-now-when/347827.html

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A friend of mine made a comment on the post I shared a couple of days ago when I was critical of the degree in which we have allowed commercialism to overtake the importance of Christmas. He told me that he chooses to turn his heart and mind over to the mother of Christ as “His birthday” approaches. You see she endured more than any mother should ever have to during her lifetime of living. And I was given pause to wonder why it is that we always seem to need to seek more and more instead of being grateful for the things we do have….especially the things that give our hearts some measure of peace. And before I knew it, the John Lennon song “Give Peace A Chance” (recorded in 1969 by the Plastic Ono Band) got into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone until I sat down to write this “Thought”. Of course, any time something like that happens, I know that it is the Almighty giving me a little nudge in a direction of His choosing!

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While John Lennon’s song was written in response to what some considered an unjust war during a time of great ideological turbulence for my country, you and I both know that the story behind the heart of the song was meant less as a protest, and more as a wake-up call aimed at those whose indifference and stubbornness would keep the wheels of positive change mired in the mud of apathy. Unless people begin to work a lot harder at solving the problems that divide us, I fear we will never know a time of peace in the world. And how sad is it that nearly a half a century later, we have learned almost nothing from the turbulence we have borne witness to! So what can we do? Is there a cure for the disease of the mind and the heart, which divides rather than unites?

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You and I know that the seeds of discord, planted into the human heart and mind and soul, are merely an unwelcome intrusion by Satan himself, in the misguided hope that he will somehow gain favor with those who are too weak or addled or helpless, to fight back. But we who hold faith’s tenets as an absolute for our living know better. Think about Romans 16:17 ESV, “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” You see, we know that the cure is that we reclaim the things that God offers such as grace, forgiveness, reconciliation and justice. And reclaiming them alone will not complete what is needed unless and until we choose to model the lives we live as agents of peace, by sharing these gifts with those who do not yet know faith’s power!

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The world’s population is made up of the many but the many always begins with the one. So instead of thinking about what solutions you can bring to the world at large, how about beginning with solutions you can promote in your own home, your own neighborhood and your own community. And often this begins with our willingness  to take a step back and consider whether the opinion we hold is the only one worthy of our attention. You and I both know that there is always something to be learned when we are willing to look at all sides of the equation.

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COMPROMISE! A ten letter word but a word as mighty as any I can think of. You see, our peaceful coexistence is wholly dependent upon our giving a bit to get even more. And individual effort? Absolutely, but there can never be a collective solution without beginning somewhere! In other words, let’s give peace a chance and let it begin with each of us!

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“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. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Romans 14:17-19 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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