ALL ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

When my children lived at home, they were all of the time getting into trouble for something. I’m sure many of you can relate to that statement. Sometimes it might be a tiny issue like not making their bed, and then there were those times when it was a big issue like getting a speeding ticket.

It didn’t matter how big or small the offense was; any time their actions weren’t acceptable, they had to pay the consequences. That meant they might have to go back into their bedrooms and make the bed over until it was right if they didn’t do it correctly the first time. It also meant that they were grounded and had their car taken away from them if they got a speeding ticket.

As parents, Joe and I tried (sometimes unsuccessfully) to drive home the message that “Actions have Consequences.” We told them that they had to make their own decisions in life but to try and weigh out their options and think about the consequences of their actions. My son decided to take a different stance, and he took the “ask for forgiveness instead of permission” approach. Needless to say, he faced a lot of consequences when he was growing up.

The truth of the matter is that ALL actions have consequences. It can be the decision to turn left or right as you pull out of your driveway. You will never know what might have happened, good or bad, had you turned the other direction. Even the fact that you are reading this post is a decision you made, and there will be consequences from it.

When I hear the word consequences, I tend to think of punishment. The word means a result or effect of an action or condition. It means the result or effect of your action, but it doesn’t necessarily mean a bad result or a punishment.

When the kids came home with a good report card, the consequences of their actions were to be rewarded. They put time and effort into getting good grades, so they got a treat, not a punishment. If we went to the grocery store and they behaved, I might have taken them to the park to play, or maybe they got to get an ice cream cone. Their consequences for their actions were a reward that hopefully reinforced good behavior in the future.

Galatians 6:7

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

So, what are the consequences that our daily actions might produce? What are the choices you make as you start the morning? For Lent, I decided to start my mornings with my morning devotional. I refuse to open emails, messages, etc. until I have finished my devotionals. When I wake up before the rest of the house, it is easy to grab a hot cup of tea, settle into a comfortable chair, and spend time with the Lord. However, if Joe is awake, Lucy wants to be fed, or if my daughter’s cat is downstairs meowing his head off wanting food, it is not as easy. I tried to ignore all of the commotions around me and do my devotional first, but the consequences were that I was distracted and I wasn’t absorbing the information. Instead, I feed the cat, feed the dog, and take her out to potty, and then I’ll settle down when I can concentrate.

Joe has gotten used to me doing my devotions the first thing in the morning. He will start to talk to me and then stop and ask me if I’m still doing my devotional. I’ll nod and go back to my devotional. Big or small, the consequences of my actions are that he sees me doing my devotional consistently.

As the day goes on, life starts to get hectic and busy. But, we can still do actions that have positive consequences. The other day, I was trying to pull out into traffic, and the line was long, and no one was willing to let me pull out in front of them. It was irritating that they were all so consumed with themselves that they couldn’t let one person in front of them. Later that day, I was driving along, and I noticed a jeep in the middle lane trying to merge into the lane. People kept passing him by, and I was reminded of my earlier experience, so I slowed down and let him in front of me.

Matthew 7:12

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Even though the earlier actions of others hadn’t been pleasant, they still ended up having a positive consequence. You don’t have to follow the lead of others and act like them. You can choose the type of consequence you want. Treat others in the way that you want to be treated.

As you go about your day, look around and think about the choices that you are making. I need to put down the donut since I know the consequence that it will give me. Lol! Will your actions have a positive consequence or a negative one?

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  1. Angie wrote:

    This post certainly resonated with me. The first time I heard the “ask for forgiveness instead of permission” approach was from my husband, and he was using that on me, which I then had to work hard to turn that around. And, of course, the actions have consequences route was completely lost on him when we were bringing up our children, and one of them still has difficulty with that as an adult. I never got away with anything growing up, and I believe it’s made my life a lot easier in the long run, so thanks for reminding me of that.

    Posted 6.7.22 Reply
  2. SANDRA COLWELL wrote:

    I love the graphic tee!

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  3. Ruth K. wrote:

    This was just what I needed today! Thank you for giving the specific illustrations; they really made me think about the scriptures you shared. Your devotionals are always spot on and so appropriate for my life!

    Posted 6.6.22 Reply
  4. Paula wrote:

    I know it’s Monday but I just read this message. Thank you! I really needed to read this and try to be more positive. It does help to spend some time with God.

    Posted 6.6.22 Reply
  5. Ginger Hiller wrote:

    What a great reminder for us all! And I really like the reminder that not all consequences are bad. Like you, I need to have my devotional time in the morning before other activities and demands get in the way. And like Joe, Larry knows that they are part of my morning routine, so he will avoid listening to videos on his iPad until I am done. Have a blessed day!

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joe still listens to his videos, but he is getting better about using his Airpods.

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  6. Diane wrote:

    Thank you for another great Sunday post! I enjoy all your daily posts, but you really knock it out of the park on Sunday. Have a wonderful week~

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks so much!!!

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  7. Bonnie wrote:

    Thank you for reminding me about the best way to live. Plain and simple. Have a happy day!

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Bonnie, I try to keep a positive outlook, and always look for the silver lining.

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  8. Nancy B. wrote:

    As always, a wonderful Sunday post. Thank you, Tania!

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Nancy!

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  9. Robin wrote:

    Love all your post, however the Sunday post are nice and helps me reflect (take a pause). Have a blessed day.

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoy these posts.

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  10. Penny Jo wrote:

    I loved your message today, right up to the point you had to mention that donut! Teehee
    My hubby likes to get donuts on Sunday morning. Our weekly treat so I go along and enjoy it with him. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy your donut!

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Penny Jo, that made me laugh!!!

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  11. Sandy wrote:

    What a timely message from you! I am always trying to find the positive in a situation but it can be difficult when people are you are so negative. I try hard to keep my distance from those people and plod oolong on the path I have chosen. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I try to have a positive outlook also, although there are times when it is hard.

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  12. Connie wrote:

    I look forward to reading your words every Sunday.

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Connie!

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
  13. I had to “train” my husband not to talk to me when I’m doing my time with the Lord in the morning. He’s really good about it now! 🙂

    Posted 6.5.22 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Joe doesn’t train very well. Lol!

      Posted 6.5.22 Reply
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