The Power of Consequences

The Power of Consequences

October 3, 2018

While a dark cloud of accusation and reaction fills the media these days, I have looked for something positive that could surface. It occurred to me that we older people need to come alongside teenagers and help them see the impact of their choices – good ones and bad ones – that will play out over their lifetime.

The issue is deeper than what could affect their potential as a public servant, although that is extremely important. Whether anyone ever brings our choices to light, we have to live with them. Our good deed becomes a memory that follows us and most likely prompts us to do more. And some hurtful action against another person will eventually torment us, even if it never becomes public information. We have to live with ourselves – and no one wants to live with a person who harms other people.

The days are over when words or actions spoken or done in secret could be kept secret indefinitely. I do not believe it is possible to have secrets any longer. About the time we think we have protected our information, we learn that someone figured out how to find it.

I smiled when I read Jeremiah 23:24, “Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” While obviously talking about Creator God, this statement also sounds like current technology. The only reason to try to hide from God is to think we can get away with sin and keep it from Him – which is impossible. The day of hiding our choices from humans is becoming more difficult all the time. If we were doing what is right, why would we feel the need to hide?

I am looking for opportunities to use the ugliness of our current national situation in positive ways to help young people understand the power of consequences. Perhaps one of the good things that will come from this is the affirmation of Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

Pastor Bill Ehmann

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

RECENT POSTS

Cloud Focus

By wvbaptist | April 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

April 29, 2020 While watching bulky white clouds move across a beautiful blue sky, my mind went to Acts 1. After Jesus spent 40 days with the disciples, “giving them convincing proofs that He was alive,” He told them to […]

Patience

By wvbaptist | April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

April 22, 2020 “Patience is a virtue, learn it if you can; seldom found in women and never found in men.” I will not speak for anyone else, but the last four words of this adage speak of the journey […]

He Called My Name

By wvbaptist | April 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

April 15, 2020 A number of things Jesus said and did while on Planet Earth make me think He had a sense of humor. Recently, I have thought about this in light of Resurrection Day. He had told His followers […]

Easter Celebration In Isolation

By wvbaptist | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

April 8, 2020 I do not recall an Easter Sunday when I was not in church. Perhaps a snowstorm cancelled an Easter service once during my growing up years in Colorado – that is possible. Easter is always spent at […]

When Staying Home Was A Choice

By wvbaptist | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

April 1, 2020 These days we are forced to stay at home as much as possible. For some families, this may be a new experience. I have been thinking about the time when staying home was a chosen way of […]

Scroll to Top