Thought For The Day 11/06/14


Self Love or Selfish Love

Thought 1334



In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.

Jane Haddam


The air is finally crisp and cool where I live and as the dew laden grass of the morning chills toes still adorned by sandals, I am reminded that we are in a perpetual state of change, whether we are ready for it or not. That is life! Nowhere is it said more beautifully that in Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV, when we are told by King Solomon, to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Whether we are asking the question “Why” or “How”, His answer remains unchanged. It serves my plans for man even though it may not serve man’s plans for man.


I doubt that any of us would willingly accept responsibility for all the woes in the world although we are usually quick to accept the accolades for things that we are no more responsible for creating than we are for the glowing orb that rests nearly 93 million miles in the heavens and which greets our waking moments as it rises at dawn.


Man is so egocentric. I am often overly self-centered in many ways, for that matter….a trait for which I must beg God’s forgiveness! Why do we live in a perpetual state of selfishness? That we are each so convinced that we, and only we, are the very center of the universe positively boggles the mind. Yes, behavior such as this is appropriate for toddlers whose capacity to think and reason is only in terms of how everything in the world relates to their life as they understand it to exist. They have not yet gained the capacity to understand or think in global concepts and to see the bigger picture as it relates to man’s relationship with his fellow man and to their mutual survival and existence! But since we know that the adult homo sapiens is not limited in this way, why then are there so many adults that fail to lose the “me, me, me” in their vocabulary in favor of the “you”, “they”, “we” and “our” words?


The interesting thing though, about man’s self-centered egotism, is in its inherent relationship to the second of the greatest of His commandments to us. The first told in Mark 12:30 NIV is Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength is an absolute given to any person of faith. But the second from Mark 12:31 NIV reads, The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. Think for a moment and consider that the command to love thy neighbor cannot be completed until and unless we first love ourselves! So therein lies a huge conundrum…. one which necessitates understanding the difference between what one might refer to as a divine self-love versus a selfish self-love!


It is important to understand that so many of the great things man is able to accomplish in life come from the divinely endowed confidence that he is capable of doing the deed and then following through. Again another example of the good and beneficial side of the ego! It is as God planned it to be for the human race to live and grow and thrive. But weigh the consequences of too much ego and not enough compassion and altering our thoughts away from the “me” mindset to the “we” mindset, and then act accordingly as you go through your day! Always remember that the way we feel and act as well as the things we do impacts far more people that just ourselves and then temper your actions accordingly.


Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.

John 7:16 NIV


Mandy and Dan 01 18 2014

Dan and Mandy January, 2014

Many of you know that my husband has been struggling with serious health issues for several years now. Well today, we are back again at NYU Medical Center in New York City, having more biopsies taken.

Please keep Dan in your hearts, thoughts and prayers today and ask the Lord to guide the hands of the surgeons as they work to give us the good news we are praying for!


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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