Sunday, 22 April 2018

M Michele's Musings

The Stones We Throw - The Ripples We Make

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Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;

But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.

And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,

But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,

And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;

You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Verses from “Drop a Pebble in the Water” by James W. Foley

Just recently I was driving home when I was stopped by a red light.  I happened to be in the right lane but needed to go straight as I wasn’t making a right turn (the right lane was not a turn only lane).  Almost immediately I heard the driver behind me honk the horn.  I glanced into my rearview mirror to see an angry face screaming with balled fist and flailing arms.  I am glad that I couldn’t hear the choice words coming from the irate driver.  The driver was obviously in a hurry but I couldn’t change the driver’s predicament.  It seemed as if an eternity passed before the light turned green and I could go on, all the while keeping my eyes averted from the continuing display of fury.   

The unsettling memories of the angry, nameless driver have stayed in my thoughts.  We live in such an angry society, with little patience.  Regrettably, we (including myself) have all been guilty of the same behavior at one time or another with strangers, friends or loved ones.   When we lose our cool, do we think about how it affects those around us?   I was reminded that when a stone is thrown into a pond it always produces ripples.  Depending on how hard the stone is thrown those ripples can go on and on reaching far from where the stone was originally thrown.

 

Words and actions from our heart, whether good or evil, are like that.  They cause a ripple effect.  Often we mistakenly think that what we say and do does not affect ourselves or others.  However, the ripple effect is a surety.  There is no way to escape it.  You will touch someone, somehow, with what you say and do.  The question is, will it be for good or for evil?  The choice is ours to make.  Will we let God's word determine what we say and do?  Or will we choose the world’s way; returning evil for evil.  Sin ALWAYS has a ripple affect and it is far reaching, bringing pain, destruction, death and hurt to situations, ourselves and to others.  Obedience to God's word also has a ripple affect bringing good results, life, hope, peace and comfort into hearts and situations. 

Sometimes the effects of sin and the rewards of obedience are not very noticeable; nonetheless, both are very real.  Sin and obedience have very real and tangible consequences.  In Psalms 73 the psalmist is bothered by the fact that the wicked seem to prosper while the righteous suffer.  However, by the end of the dialogue, after being in the sanctuary of God, he places his trust in God and realizes the wicked will be judged and the righteous shall see and be with God in the end. 

Yes, everything we say and do will affect our lives and the lives of others, eventually leading to eternal rewards and/or consequences.  We have a choice to say and do what is right or wrong.  What we choose to do today will affect our tomorrow just as a rock thrown into a pond will cause ripples to reach far and wide.  The rock stays in the pond to ever lie in the murky depths; yet, forever changing the bottom surface of the pond.  It seems so small and insignificant, but the pond is forever changed.  It is no different with our words and actions.  We plant words or actions in to the lives and hearts of ourselves and others.  What we say and do can seem so small and trifling, but our words and actions lay planted deep within a heart, changing someone’s life forever.  Has it been for good?  Has it been for evil? 

The word of God exhorts us to,  "Love, as Christ has also loved you." (Paraphrased) John 13:34 and Ephesians 5:2  "Forgive, as Christ has also forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32b  "Speak only that which is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so it will give grace to those who hear."  Ephesians 4:29  "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Luke 6:31  We should obey these exhortations.   We should realize that we are special to God and so is everyone else that we come in contact with.  Not one of us is perfect but God loves each and every one of us no matter our failings. We must recognize that we affect people with the things we say and do.  Therefore, we should strive to let God change us into the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ so that we can affect others for good, so we can be a blessing.  We are His, not our own.   We have been purchased with a precious price, “by His [Jesus] own blood, thus securing eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12   Therefore we should love as He loved, praying for the grace to love others with our words and actions.

Today, as you drive through life, remember that your words and actions have far reaching affects.   You may not see that your words and/or actions have been planted in a heart but nonetheless they have been planted.  Your words and actions are always there speaking to a heart, for good or for evil.  Throw "good rocks," not angry, bad rocks.  Watch as those good rocks make ripples that reach far and wide touching others with encouragement, hope, love, forgiveness and goodness.     

Our influence ripples through eternity,

Though we are here only for a moment in time.

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Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright October 2017 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire 

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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