Thought For The Day 07/12/14

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The Devil’s Playground

Thought 1216

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“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

 Tennessee Williams 

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It seems that lately, our country is becoming the devil’s playground, and although I could very well be referring to the record-setting temperatures being experienced over so much of our nation this summer, I’m not! Nor am I referring to the documentary film about Rumspringa rite of passage for Amish teenagers. What I am referring to is the evil that glares back at me from news casts and my newspaper every waking moment.

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Why is it that our society seems to be evolving (though devolving might be a better word to use) back to the instincts that were so necessary for the survival of man during our earliest years on this planet? Violence and hatred rears its ugly head at every turn…. in our small towns as well as our cities…. in our schools and in our workplaces…. in our homes and yes, even in our houses of worship.

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When I really sat down and thought about it, almost always coupled with the hatred, cruelty and violence I witnessed were the words “I”, “Me”, “My”, “Mine”! Many, especially those who would try to do evil against others, think only in terms of their own wants, needs and desires. They are often incapable of understanding the consequences their actions have on the psyche of others. Selfish and egocentric behaviors abound and permeate every waking moment of every day. And there is something so profoundly wrong that finds me asking the very same questions written more than 2000 years ago by the Apostle James!

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James 4: 1-3 NIV

1:   What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

2:   You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

3:   When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
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Why have we become selfish and egocentric? At some point, every one of us has been hurt in some way by the people around us and it is our natural response to these situations to either shut down and withdraw or attack as a defense. We are afraid being vulnerable will be used against us in some way and none of us want the appearance of being weak when it seems everyone else in the world is a shark. However, it only hurts because we have previously cultivated within ourselves a feeling of being unworthy but it is we alone who make ourselves victims! And only we can make amends for how we act towards others! Instead of allowing this sense of unworthiness to become a fixed part, we must open our hearts to the pain and fear and allow the message that God is seeking to teach us all…that forgiveness and righteousness exists for all who accept Jesus Christ into their heart.

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“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4: 31-32 NASB

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Mandy 2014

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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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