I am sure that most everyone knows right from wrong. I think I'm wrong for thinking that. Some people really don't know that some things are wrong. It is learned behavior. Some people are taught that its okay to tell lies on an application for employment. Or, its fine if you take a couple of those tablets and pens home from work for the kids to use. Some say its good to to spread a tale on someone, they deserve what they get anyway. So if the end result is; you get a better job, the kids have writing paper and pens, and that person you can't stand is in jail for something they didn't do. Satisfied? Well what is wrong with any of those scenarios? There is always a ripple effect to everything we do. If I smile at someone and say hello, they normally do the same in return. If they don't, there is still a reaction, I normally feel that person is either stuck up or a jerk. If I yell angrily at someone, they yell at me, or someone else. They go around grumpy and take it out on others, who do the same to others, who do the same to others, and on and on it goes. Can you see the ripple effect on the above scenarios? The kids know the tablets and pens are from work, they think its okay to take what isn't theirs. You lied on your app and told others how you got on at the mill, they do the same. Giving false statements on another landed them in jail, get ready sorrow WILL come your way in one form or another. Don't think you ever get by in doing wrong. Every one who has been a drug dealer thought they'd never get caught, all the way to jail. Those that didn't get caught, have no remorse that they helped others get hooked and ruined the lives of many. These are just a few examples. Some things we don't even think of are a result of the ripple effect. The absence of manners in society, the lack of good behavior in our schools, the apathy of law enforcement in some cities, or the poor attitude in the work place are all examples of the ripple effect in society. Many of these start right in our homes, the children adopting mom or dad's attitudes. This has devasted our morals and values, not entirely, not everyone. But it would be foolish to think its not you and your family. Biblically speaking, it isn't called the ripple effect but rather, sowing and reaping.
"Don't be misled. No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest." Gal.6:7 (MSG)
What is the way out of this effect? Start by planting a different crop. Be an example of mannerly behavior around your kids. They will do the same. If you get a chance to slam dunk someone, paying them back for what they have done to you, skip it, don't be a fool, they will pay for wrongs like you and I have and will. Don't laugh at poor behavior and language, others won't either if someone takes the lead. Think of ways to make your job exciting, have fun if you can. If you're over other workers, think of ways to motivate them. And pray, pray everywhere, pray all the time, for all around you. Ask God to give you direction for causing a positive ripple effect to others. Once you start, and see the difference, others will follow starting with your loved ones. Here's what Paul the apostle said, "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on to dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle." Romans 12: 10 (MSG) If you and I heed Paul's advice and make a decision to live this way, the ripple effect will be unending. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.