Thought For The Day 08/19/14

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Accepting Responsibility

Thought 1255

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assuming responsibility

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Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.

Ambrose Bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

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Responsibility…. 13 little letters comprising such a huge word with a meaning that is so often ignored in today’s world. When will we see people taking ownership for not only their successes but their failures as well?

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It is very easy for us to laud our accomplishments, as well we should. When we do something special, especially when it benefits others, we have a right to be proud. But how many of us accept responsibility for the mistakes or failures in our lives? When placed into a real life situation where our failures become glaringly obvious, we panic and are frightened. And often times we begin the game of finger-pointing. And why do we do this? Because it is not only difficult but often painful to admit, especially publicly, that we are wrong. However, being honest with ourselves and others is the way we learn and become better people. When we take responsibility, an entire world of new possibilities opens right before our eyes.

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I believe this is God’s gift to us. He offers us a world of new possibilities each and every day if we elect to trust him and trust in him. But remember these possibilities are not free. God asks payment for the blessings he bestows on each of us. He expects our love and our devotion and our praise. He asks that we support Him and his message by sharing His words with others. And He asks that we live our lives in a way that honors Him.

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All that He does for us and all that He gifts us with advances His plan for us, here on earth and is the beacon that will guide us to the heavenly kingdom when our earthly time is over.

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For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

 2 Thessalonians 3:11-18 ESV

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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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