Thought For The Day 12/27/14



Those Three Little Words…

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A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away. 

Oscar Hammerstein

Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”


Three little words. Sometimes we say them almost without thought. But what power those three little words wield! Those three little words have the power to make the unwanted feel wanted. Those three little words have the power to bring enemies together. Those three little words have the power to melt the ice from a heart long used to its solitary place in the universe. And those three little words can unite two souls into one, powerful new body.


I LOVE YOU! Three little words that somehow validate our worth by measuring it in a concrete, format that, despite being indefinable on the surface, seems to be intuitively understood by every single human being that draws breath. And if we are loved, we must, indeed, be lovable…..right? I sometimes think it is love’s power that keeps the stars twinkling in the sky on a crisp winter’s night, just as surely as it lures the sun into its place in the heavens every day!


LOVE. So formidable that when asked, the Apostle Paul responded in kind, writing the beautiful text found throughout 1 Corinthians 13. Look at verses 7-8 ESV“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” And then consider the greatest, and perhaps most well known of all the verses ever written by Paul! Verse 13 ISV: “Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”


Saying I LOVE YOU, is a HUGE affirmation that makes not only the one on the receiving end feel wonderful, but also transforms the heart of the one saying it! We walk more briskly and with a lighter step when we’ve shared the things held deeply inside, especially when we’ve chosen to open up, bare our soul, and share that feeling with another.  It gives reason and hope and comfort and strength and joy, when it seems as if, in all of the world, all of these things are somehow null and void.


This is the time of the year given to us to re-write our story for posterity’s sake. It is the time to redefine what we want for ourselves and those we love. And we often choose these days as a springboard for starting down the path where our vices and bad behaviors no longer hold a place of strength in our lives. So while we are beginning this “house cleaning” of sorts, how about making it a point of choosing to say those three little words as often as we can? Can you say, “I will not allow a day go by without saying I LOVE YOU to those that matter to me the most (my spouse or your child or another who is important to you)!” And then try directing some of that same power we find in those words at a total stranger. You may not choose to speak them outwardly, but allow their importance to radiate from every pore. Trust me when I say that their implied meaning will touch the heart of every stranger you meet.


Make this a year of change for the better for everyone. Let this change begin with each heart. And I will start by telling you that I LOVE each and every one of you, who have traveled this journey with me over the last (almost) four years! I LOVE YOU!!! And then pay this emotion forward to everyone you meet and know. Yes, let there be more love on the earth and let it begin with each of us!


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV


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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