Thought For The Day 11/25/13


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Post # 983




Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.

Quotes For Everyday Life


I was reading this post from a year ago and while trying to decide if I would re-share it with you, I thought for a nano-second, how much I thought I knew of faith and His plan for me, but when push comes to shove, how little I knew then, and how little I know even today, about what He is asking of me! And I think it was my trying to sort the whole business way back then, that led me to write the words I did. A day, not so long ago chronologically speaking, and yet a lifetime ago in terms of how I have changed by God’s hand!!!!


Thought For The Day 11/25/12

Let me begin today’s blog by asking you all a question. What is the very first thought that comes to mind when someone comes up to you, taps you on the shoulder, and says they need something from you? Well, perhaps it’s the very human part of me that must admit to you that my first thought is not always, “Let me grab my coat and I’ll be right with you!” No, usually my very first thought is ,”Oh geez…..I wonder what this is going to cost me!” That is because it is man’s baser side that colors so much of what happens during our interactions with others, with caution and even suspicion!


Experience has taught us that we generally don’t get something for nothing and that doesn’t change whether the something sought is a concrete tangible or simply our time and attention. So isn’t it a breath of fresh air simply knowing that when God comes to us (and He does…..all the time, whether we realize it or not), we know ahead of time that He doesn’t NEED anything from us? After all, everything that exists is already His. But……BUT….. He does ask and He does deserve much from us anyway! The thing is that whether we grant the things that He asks of us is entirely up to us.


What He does ask is not subjective or obscure. He reinforces over and over what He hopes will be the choices we will make. Micah 6:8 NIV says: ‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’. Again in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV, we are told, ‘And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?’  And, of course, the verse that is probably sums it all up the best comes to us from the New Testament. Mark 12:30 NIV, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”


The list of actions and behaviors He expects from us are clear, having been reinforced over and over throughout the texts of His handbook…..the Bible. He asks that we respect, honor, love and serve Him. And yet, He does not NEED our respect, our honor, our love or our service. It is what He asks, which means it is fully within our own capacity to decide if we will give Him what He asks. But wait one second. Is what He expects really so very difficult for us to manage? As beings who spend so much time and attention to the way we interaction with others, are these not the exact same things we hope for and expect from everyone we touch as we live our lives? Are not the things He asks a part of common courtesy and decency that should be part of our lives? Respect for others, honoring them by our behaviors, loving them completely and sharing and serving with our whole being are the things that reinforce the best parts of man, and separate us from the other life forms that share our world. They are all a part of the LOVE that is contained within the human heart!


“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 50:14-15 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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