Thought For The Day 04/09/14





 Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Paul Boese


I once saw this picture message posted on a friend’s Facebook thread and just knew that this powerful message needed to be shared with everyone! Seldom do we read words whose message is as profound as these are! Do we view everything in our lives with KINDSIGHT?


We spend countless hours every day bemoaning our perceived failures. I’ve done frequently myself (as you who regularly follow my blogs well know). From that new hair cut we chose to the way we decorate our houses and even to the people we choose to associate with, often we find ourselves slapping our foreheads and wondering just what were we thinking when we made that particular decision! And yet, as the message says, there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned from EVERYTHING that happens every single minute, if we but take a second, sit back, and think about it!


Now I am no expert, the good Lord knows! In fact, you all know that everything I share here is my own perspective of each concept or idea that I choose to share every day. But it seems to me that the word KINDSIGHT might just be interchangeable with the word FORGIVENESS! And therein lies the answer to that proverbial “headslap” we all manage at least once every day! You see, it is incredibly hard to find the ability to forgive ourselves when we do something that seems to challenge the very fabric of our makeup! Yes, forgiving others is easier because we usually do not view the “other guy” every day. We do not walk around in their skin! However, we can not escape ourselves, however much we wish we could. We see ourselves every time we look in the mirror or down at careworn hands.


And so what does not finding KINDSIGHT in our thoughts or deeds really accomplish? It just seems to create a dam of resentment that builds and builds and builds until we find that the walls of that dam, unable to hold all that resentment in, ruptures, spewing forth all that pent-up anger and frustration at our spouse, or another in our life, who least deserves it.


I heard once that  FORGIVENESS is the single thing that can remove the dam of anger from every heart and mind. And it is FORGIVENESS that restores the flow of GRACE. Not just the grace that is defined as goodwill, but that divine grace where we receive protection and the favor of the Almighty! And is  not FORGIVENESS and eternal SALVATION the reason He sent His son to die on the cross for us in the first place? But, and it is a huge BUT…. first we each must manage to forgive ourselves.


 He has  delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of  his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1: 13-14


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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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