Thought For The Day 10/28/14

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What Will Your Epitaph Say?

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People “died” all the time…. Parts of them died when they made the wrong kinds of decisions – decisions against life.  Sometimes they died bit by bit until finally they were just living corpses walking around.  If you were perceptive you could see it in their eyes; the fire had gone out… you always knew when you made a decision against life…. The door clicked and you were safe inside – safe and dead. 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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It seems to me like there are an awful lot of people who walk the earth for the sole purpose of breathing, and breathing alone! They do not live……. not really. They do not make it their purpose to LIVE WITH purpose. They do not have the heart to love. They do not have the mind to wonder. They do not have the desire to make the world a better place. Instead, all they do is take up space and use resources. They are so content to live in a perpetual state of apathy that to actually recognize that there is any other way to live is probably beyond their understanding! And I really have to wonder what they would truly think if they were given the opportunity of reading the words another writes about the life they led, after they are gone! Would they somehow wake up and discover all the wonders and mysteries of life that they missed out on? I think not! But I want to say, here and now, that a person passing through life lacking accomplishments and purpose is akin to life passing a person by without it acknowledging that they even existed!

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How hard is it for us to really change (and when I say change, I mean undergo a metamorphosis starting from the deepest recesses of our hearts, and then progressing, growing and blossoming outward…..undergoing an overall transformation to one who has, from someone who had not)? Are there things we need to really think about accomplishing so that we can say with certainty that we are ready to live life and not just breathe? Can we really reform? The Bible says we can. In fact it tell us so over and over in both the Old and New Testaments. In fact,  James 1:21 ISV says: Therefore, rid yourselves of everything impure and every expression of wickedness, and with a gentle spirit welcome the word planted in you that can save your souls.

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So think about stripping away the old and starting out fresh and new. It is this possibility that is promised to us by the Son of God! Then look to share yourself with others. Walking along side of those who have little in terms os material possessions makes us all appreciate even more just what blessings we do have. So instead of ignoring your fellow man, become a part of their lives. Live the “Golden Rule”….don’t just pay it lip service. Matthew 7:12 NIV reminds us,  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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Next, open up your mind to seeing things differently. That does not mean you necessarily need to totally alter your own outlook completely. What it does ask is that we be willing to place both sides of every situation on the scales of justice, look at both sides carefully and then weigh them one against the other. You may just discover that another viewpoint trumps the one that was your personal mantra for so long! Isaiah 55:12 NIV reminds us,  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

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Yes, rewriting our lives is not just possible, it is essential. If we aren’t proactive, and willing to not just allow ourselves to change, but to eagerly foster and embrace change, we will quickly stagnate and die. Moreover, we will stagnate and die utterly unfulfilled and entirely alone. And I can not think of anything that dishonors the miracle of life that God has bestowed upon the human race more than that!

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Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

Psalms 119:17-18 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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