Thought For The Day 11/26/14

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Second Chances

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People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.

David Millar

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We all have heard the saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and yet, isn’t it a wonderful thing that God gives us second chances each and every day?

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It’s not a coincidence that one of Jesus’ names is “Redeemer”! The very definition of redeem is “to clear by payment” and Jesus did that for us all…..in spades! All those sins I’ve accumulated in my life are wiped clean and every day is a new beginning. How wonderful a gift is that? So I think that each and every day, I’ll start by thanking God, and then just simply enjoy those second chances He’s blessed me with!

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I remember a special day a couple of years ago, when I was able to experience a second chance by enjoying a child’s birthday party with my grandson. No, it wasn’t  Landon’s birthday, but a party he was invited to. His little friend from daycare celebrated her 2nd birthday and I took Landon since his mommy was working. Can there be anything more magical that being able to witness a little child’s birthday celebration? It was so wonderful helping Landon participate in party games, sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy the magic that is giving to another from your heart, without the expectation of getting back anything except the joy of fun and friendship and fellowship celebrated with others.

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Yes, God gives us all second chances, and third chances, and a million chances each and every day, and all we have to do is reach out and grab a hold of them with both hands. And while we celebrate our gift of second chances, perhaps it’s time we shared that gift with another.

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Isn’t there someone in our life deserving of a second chance by our forgiveness of a transgression perpetrated by them? Who do you want to forgive today? All you have to do is pick up the phone! All you have to do is write a letter! All you have to do is send an email! No matter how you choose, just DO IT! Paying those blessings of God’s second chances forward will change you forever and just might change the world!

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And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

Genesis 45:3-15 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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