Thought For The Day 04/02/14

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Racing At Breakneck Speed

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speeding-car

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You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. 

Frederick Buechner

http://www.quotegarden.com/deploy-home.html

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I have commented before how quickly time sees to be speeding by, especially now that I am getting older. The first quarter of 2014 is history and so is the opportunity we may have been given to make our mark in some way. I know that I often become so focused on the journey at hand that I miss the many beautiful things that I pass along the way. I can not even remember the last time I took a ride just to enjoy God’s beauty. Even this very second I am riding in the car, Dan’s driving and instead of conversation with him or enjoying the sights, I am writing this sentence!

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There are people out there who know just how precious every second is in life. Usually they have discovered this because they learned this lesson too late. All it takes is missing out on some fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity or losing someone near and dear to illness or death. But at this point that knowledge is a bitter-sweet reminder of lost days and we find ourselves mourning the passing of these lost opportunities!

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Because we may never have another opportunity, we should savor every moment with those we love. We must spend time and do things and not sit back and wait for the magic to suddenly appear. The magic is there….everywhere around us….just waiting for the moment we discover its presence, and the time we reach out with both hands to seize the opportunity.

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A special story has made the rounds through the internet. Yesterday was not the first time I had read this story, nor, I am certain, will it be the last. For it seems to me that messages with a moral lesson find themselves constantly re-entering our lives. And being reminded in this way, every so often, is a very good and necessary thing!

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THE BRICK

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, ‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic. ‘Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop….’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother, ‘he said ‘He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.’

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat… He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

‘Thank you and may God bless you,’ the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: ‘Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’

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God’s whisper touches our soul and speaks to our heart. His whisper reminds us to never forget the little things that matter. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. He is just sending us a reminder….a little nudge! Whether or not we decide to listen is completely our choice!

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 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV

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Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

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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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