Consequences

1stqtr07 555The results and effects from our choices and actions.

A bad ending follows a bad beginning.  Euripides

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.  Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone is bound to bear patiently the results of his own example. Phaedrus

   If we could foresee the consequences of our actions before we did them; no doubt, there would be many things we would choose to do differently. We know what it is to live with the results of our bad decisions and choices. Sometimes we do dumb things knowing that the consequences will bring pain and misery. We know we will have regrets before we do them. The old adage that says we reap what we sow is universally true.

The law of cause and effect states that things do not happen by chance. Every result is a direct or indirect result of an originating action. If we do good things, we will tend to get good results. If we do bad things we will tend to get bad results. This being true, it would be logical to always do good things and always avoid doing bad things. A masochist is a person who willingly subjects them self to unpleasant tendencies or circumstances. Are we masochists when we make unwise decisions knowing there will be bad consequences; knowing that our bad choices will come back to bite us severely in the rear end? Why do we humans do such dumb things? Those who abuse credit cards; overeat, under exercise, drive too fast or any number of such things will eventually face the consequences of their actions. We will have to pay the piper sooner or later.

Self-discipline is the issue. Mostly we know what we should do, but lack the discipline to do it. We choose the quick, most pleasurable, and seemingly least painful alternative. We throw common sense and intelligence out the window, knowing there will be consequences to pay. It we exercised self-control and discipline, holding ourselves more accountable; we would have fewer mistakes to answer for. Life would be more pleasant.

We are not as strong, developed, and mature as we should be; this causes us to have a hard time doing the right thing and holding ourselves accountable. Then there are our principles and values. We often compromise them for fleeting pleasures and instant gratification.  We should be tougher and stronger; using principles and values to build a strong and solid foundation to guide us. The result would be better decisions and better consequences. good consequences require making better decisions. It is not rocket science. We make better decisions by making them one at a time.

Challenge:  You can be controlled by both internal and external influences, or you can choose to control your own life. You can make better decisions and reap better results by taking responsibility and by being more accountable for what you are doing in your life. The more effort you put into it, the better the consequences will tend to be. This is done one step at a time and by one decision at a time. Each decision is critical to this process.

Wisdom: Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. Alfred A Montapert

Spiritual: (NIV)

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

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Ps. 32:8

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33

There are consequences to everything we do. Eventually we face the results of our actions. We are weak and easily addicted to the ways of the world. The world leads us away from God with the direst of consequences for doing so. Our most important decision we can ever make it to follow paths that leads us to God. If we do so, we can have faith and confidence in the consequences. Eternally, we will have the best of consequences.

Prayer:  Help me to have the strength and the courage to do the right things in my life.

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