Cause & Effect

DSC_0701Relationships between actions or events, the catalyst and the result of an action, the reactions that are caused by actions

A perfect cause must produce a perfect effect.  Ernest Holmes

Wisdom is the faculty of knowing what will be the effect of a cause. Alfred Montapert  

Nothing happens by chance. Every occurrence has its cause from which it follows by necessity.  Democritus

   Cause and effect is universal truth. We will eventually reap what we sow. There is poetic justice and “ rhyme and reason”. It would seem we would want to understand and use these principals to make the most of our lives.         

    If we are plagued by bad causes, we will reap the bad effects. Overeating causes weight gain. Smoking causes health problems. Lack of exercise and physical activity causes health issues. Those who do not have such bad habits tend to avoid the bad effects of them. Cause and effect influences our lives in so many ways. A very common cause is problems with self issues (self-esteem, self-respect, self-love, etc.). The effect is that it hampers us from using our talents and abilities to function at the highest levels. It manifests itself in our inabilities to have healthy relationships with ourselves as well as with others.  

   Those whose childhoods were less than desirable often find themselves in similar circumstances as adults. When their childhood was negative in nature, undesirable, harmful, less than ideal; the effects of this can show up as problems with well-being as an adult. Those who were abused often have problems being an abuser or are prone to find a spouse who abuses as well. This is the law of cause and effect.

   We are told that the human species is an intelligent species. It would seem that we could use the law of cause and effect to bring wonderful and desirable conditions into our lives. If we surround ourselves with good things; do good things; think good things; we will reap good things as a result.  Is this a truth that we can apply to our lives? It is a profound truth. Life is complicated; cause and effect is complex; things happen that we cannot explain. Sometimes the effects appear to be undesirable despite the best of good intentions.

   We are not smart enough to totally understand all of these complex interactions. However, if we make a conscientious effort to maximize the good causes, influences, actions and thoughts in our lives, chances are extremely good that we will reap better effects. Our lives will be richer and more fulfilling. If you always do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. Do good, get good! Do less than good and get less than good. Change! Make the most of your life!

Challenge:  Cause and effect is easy to understand and more difficult to practice. For the most part, you will become what you choose to be. You can minimize negatives and maximize positives. In order to get the most out of life you have to become proactive. You have to really know yourself, how you think, and how you react. The more you do these things, the more you control cause and effect. Maximize good causes, improve good results. 

Wisdom: Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present.  Cheryl Canfield

Spiritual: (NIV):

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  Psalm 34:19

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.  Romans 6:14

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

The bible tells us we reap what we sow. We are told if we do good things we reap good benefits. It is even more so if we have God involved in our efforts. God does not want us to be unhappy, miserable, and without hope. He wants us to live joyously and victoriously. We have to overcome being victims and determine to be victors. God will help us to be victorious. What kind of parent would not want their children to succeed?

Prayer:  Help me to have the strength to overcome the bad causes and habits in my life.


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