Thought For The Day 09/19/14

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The Game Of Life! 

Thought 1287

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http://boardgamegeek.com/image/288405/the-game-of-life

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Actually, we have no problems – we have opportunities for which we should give thanks… An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes courage to face one’s own shortcomings, and wisdom to do something about them.

 Edgar Cayce

http://www.sapphyr.net/smallgems/quotes-difficulties.htm

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Milton Bradley was a genius! Trained as a draftsman and a lithographer, he was once known for a lithograph he made of then, Presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln. It was a best seller until Lincoln grew his famous beard! Anyway, it was while he was playing a board game with a friend that he came up with the idea of a game of his very own. Modeled after and played muck like checkers, labels were added to the white squares on the grid which, when landing on them, would direct you to follow the directions indicated and move your “man” where you were directed to. Calling it the “Checkered game Of Life”, landing on the square labeled “industry” transported a player to the square labeled “wealth”. “Gambling” led to “ruin”; “intemperance” to “poverty.” Itseems clear that Bradley’s aim was to teach a moral principle in a forum that was fun and would be enjoyed by the whole family. The game has changed through the years as houses made way for Tudor styled dwellings, but one thing has remained the same. Along with the chance for all of those successes, there remains, lurking on the fringes of life, pitfalls that threaten to swallow us whole, when we least expect it!

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Milton Bradley’s game board!

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2545.htm

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Now while accepting God and knowing faith does not free us from the pitfalls that life (Satan?) places in our way every day, it does teach us that there are two ways of seeing and learning from all of life’s experiences and challenges. Absolutely, navigating those pitfalls teaches us things that we must know to grow and move forward through the days to come. Try thinking of those things as wisdom from below. But with faith, we are given a promise of everlasting life which awaits all of those who choose to embrace God’s gift of His only begotten son and the gift he bequeaths through His sacrifice! Think of this promise as the wisdom from above! Looking at life with new eyes that faith gives allows us the capacity to recognize that the wisdom from below is ALWAYS trumped by the wisdom from above!

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Life is not fair, as much as we wish that it might be otherwise. A long running post that has made its way around the internet, and which has been attributed to Bill Gates, although the true authorship continues to be debated, is called the “11 Rules of Life”. Now of all 11 rules, number 2 is the one that I remember the most: “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself”. There is a profound truth that is to be found in that small sentence, whether you are thinking about work or the future, or children…..or God! God offers all the benefits to us but we must take the first step and be willing to reach out and grab the blessings He freely shares with those willing to see them, and then put those blessings to use everyday. It is the way we choose our path and the way we share those our blessings with others, that really allows us to feel good about ourselves! That is what a joy-filled heart that embraces faith gifts us with. That is how you play the game of life…..and how you win!

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“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard. He went out about nine o’clock in the morning and saw others standing in the marketplace without work. And he said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, he did the same thing. And about five o’clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner, saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ And the landowner replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Aren’t I permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last”

Matthew 20:1-16 NIV

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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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