Thought For The Day 04/26/14

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HINDSIGHT!

Post 1140 

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Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.

Lewis B. Smedes

http://www.quotegarden.com/forgiveness.html

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Why is it that hindsight can always provide us with those glimpses into a time of crystal clarity so sharp and clear and RIGHT that we find ourselves amazed that we could not see the correct route to take the first time around? And just why is it that during my reflections of my actions do I find myself coming face to face with not just the finger of God, but also the finger of the Satan, both of which feel like they are somehow dueling for possession of my very soul?

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As I look to dissect and analyze and interpret my motives that led me to act as I did, was it really a mistake? Does God allow accidents to happen in our day-to-day decisions? Or are those “oops” moments really intended to teach us some profound lesson? What are the effects or the consequence of creeping determinism?

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I remember once seeing a sticker plastered on the back bumper of a car that had just cut me off as I was driving in traffic in New York City. The bumper sticker said, “Christians Aren’t Perfect! But They Are Forgiven!” And therein lies the million dollar answer to the issue of hindsight!

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We are human. We will make mistakes. It is the very human part that we might wish we did not have….but alas, that was not the plan during the time when the blueprint for man was being mapped by the Almighty! However, the even bigger piece is the word “FORGIVEN”, and it is thanks to Him that we have been gifted with this. After all, as Christians do we not seek to live our lives following the model given to us by Christ? And, was not that hope of forgiveness His gift to us by making the supreme sacrifice that He did?

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Because of His sacrifice we each have been gifted with the hope for salvation, despite the fact that our mistakes might just make that hope seem to be unlikely option! But only when we confess our sins in all earnestness…..only then!

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My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I ask that you find it within to forgive me my transgression. I will learn and grow and become a better person from this, and I think, a better Christian, as well!

Amen

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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV

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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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