Actions have consequences. That was the conversation that I had to have last week with my Granddaughter, Emersyn. I am sure that you can relate; she was tired and cranky and was being a brat. Emersyn’s mom had walked over to spend some time with me, and Emersyn was not wanting to mind. She was warned, multiple times, that she was going to get in trouble. But, the tiredness and crankiness were too big to overcome, and she ended up in tears.
I scooped her up to sit on my counter so that we could look each other in the eyes, then we had the talk about consequences. I started by saying that she deserved her punishment and that her mother was showing her love by teaching her how to act. Then I went on to talk to her about actions that I knew that she could understand. We talked about someone stealing and how that was wrong. She understood that the person who was stealing deserved to be punished. We talked about not brushing your teeth and how that non-action could cause you to have bad teeth, and she understood that. Then, we talked about how not listening to your parents was wrong, and how that would have a consequence also. I asked her what would happen is a mother told a child to stop running and the child didn’t stop, but instead ran out into a busy street with lots of cars. She really understood that the child could get hurt because they didn’t listen. In the end, she apologized to her mother for not minding. I wish that this lesson was one that would stick with her for the rest of her life, but I know that she is still a child and in an hour will be in trouble again.

Do we as adults think about our actions and how we too have consequences? I know that eating everything in sight, especially the sugary sweets, will cause me to gain weight and possibly even have poor health. But, do I still make bad choices when it comes to food? The short answer is YES. I know to pick an apple over a cookie, but like a four-year-old, my brain will justify me picking the cookie…just this one time.

For me personally, I know that I sit at my computer way too much. I know that I need to get up and move around and that I need to start an exercising program for my health. But, I sit right here, day after day, and would not get up except that I have to eat and use the bathroom. The results are that the circulation to my legs is being hampered. The edge of the chair hits my legs in such a way that I feel like the circulation is not good. My remedy was to use a step stool. Really? I would rather use a step stool instead of taking a walk? The last straw was early this week when I looked down and my feet and ankles were swelled so big that I couldn’t see my veins. I started doing better about getting up and I have even started walking on the treadmill. This morning I am happy to report that I can see big old veins in my feet.

I am not a child, but yet I still make bad choices. I know my Father wants the best for me, just like Emersyn’s mother wanted the best for her. In my daily journal I wrote, “I am thankful for swelled feet.” Obviously, I didn’t want to have swelled feet, but I was thankful that the Lord used the swelling to motivate me to take care of the body that He has graciously given me.

I am not a fan of “lessons” any more than a child, but I can understand the need for them. But, unlike a child, I am thankful that the Lord cares enough about me to try and correct my behavior. My job is to listen to the Lord and put into action His promptings.

Proverbs 1:5

let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

I am not sure if there is an area of your life that needs a better action plan. But, I know that the Lord is there for you, and He will give you the call to action, you just need to listen, trust, and obey.

Have a Blessed Day!

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27 Comments

  1. Lyn Harris Reply

    Fantastic wise words. Had the same thing with my Grand daughter 🥰

    • Tania Reply

      It was easy to have the talk with Emersyn, but the talk I had to have with myself was much harder.

  2. Thanks for that timely reminder ❤ I just spent a month “being good” and making healthier choices so that I’d lose a few lbs. before our annual beach trip with my sisters & other ladies in the family. It was a choice I should make for my overall health as well. Since I’m away from home and on vacation it would be really easy to just eat and drink all the bad stuff and wipe out all my hard work very quickly. Allowing for a few extra treats but keeping in mind I’ll suffer the consequences if I don’t also make some healthy choices should help keep me on track.

    • Tania Reply

      Sherrye, I find it crazy how we can be soooo good for a long period of time, and then justify going completely off track. Keep reminding me that I said this, I’ll forget way too soon.

  3. Wow, you hit the nail on the head.
    Went through this with my Grandaughter this past week, she’s 10 and was being an awful Brat, they really know how to push our buttons, lol.
    Also, I sit too much.
    The decisions we make in life all have Good or Bad consequences. So we need to stay close to God in order to make Better choices.
    Thank you for the Message , have a Blessed Day!!

    • Tania Reply

      Julie, they learn at an early age how to push buttons. Lol! Your granddaughter is at “that age.” I think that when they hit the age of 9-10, they go through the eye-rolling and “you don’t know anything” stage. Whew! I can hardly wait for Emersyn to reach that age. Lol!

      • Dana Buckingham Reply

        Yes there are areas in my life that I need more discipline so I too have consequences. Hopefully I’m learning more, day by day. Thank you, Tania.

        • Tania Reply

          Everyone has those areas, Dana. No one is perfect. But, we can all trive to improve.

  4. Tania….I clicked on something the other day accidentally and it deleted your daily blog from my email. I’m trying to fix it by adding my email once again and subscribing but it keeps telling me to go to subscribe WordPress.com Please advise if you can. Thank you.

    • Tania Reply

      Donna, you picked a great post to comment on, since this was all about actions and consequences. LOL!!! I just re-added you, but you will need to confirm the email that will be sent. Be sure to also look in the spam or junk folder if you don’t receive one soon.

  5. Leslie Mulkey Reply

    I love this! You hit a nerve. Exercise is the last thing I want to do after working all day. I also don’t want to get up any earlier than I already do. I have to decide what is higher priority-sleep or exercise. Sleep wins. I feel like if I had an accountability partner, it would help. Yes, actions have consequences. Some of us learn the hard way like our grand kids but this is also how we learn. Thank goodness for God’s grace. We don’t always do the right thing but we can change. I’m going to work on me starting today. Bless you for this message. Leslie

    • Tania Reply

      Leslie, your thoughts echo mine. I am too tired in the evenings, and I crave sleep too much in the mornings. I am doing better, but I know that it is the easiest when you first start a new routine. Let’s see how I am doing a month from now. I hope the Lord gives me the strength to power through this endeavor.

  6. Jodi Riddle Reply

    Wonderful post today! No matter our age, we are human, and that means we forget about consequences or think we can avoid them. We all need reminders.Thank our loving, gracious God that he gives them!!

    • Tania Reply

      Every single decision we make has a consequence. We have no idea what the simple choice of turning right, instead of turning left, can impact our lives.

  7. Ruby Hostetler Reply

    So true very well said. The decisions we make in life are so important.

    • Tania Reply

      We never know what would have happened if we had made a different choice…

  8. Thanks Tania – So important to have these face to face talks! I sort of wish someone was there to do this to me when I don’t want to do what’s best for myself. Adulting is hard too!

    • Tania Reply

      I don’t like the lessons, but I know they are given out of love.

  9. Tania thank you. That is a beautiful lesson for this Sunday. And we all do exactly as you are doing. In fact I have a gym membership and haven’t been in 2 months. I’ve even talked myself out of walking my dogs every day because it’s too hot. And yet I would like to lose 10 lb. Duh! Your lessons are always on point and wise and I appreciate you!

    • Tania Reply

      Charlcy, that is exactly how I am. I want and wish, but I don’t put into action.

  10. O so true. As adults we all know what’s best for us. But do we do it??? Thank you for a beautiful post.

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