Sometimes It Happens…

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.                                                                                        Proverbs 22:3

Sometimes it happens. “A behavior that our words cannot get us out of”. Those were the words a client recently told me when we were discussing her friend who recently died. This man had done something- she didn’t say what it was- that alienated him from family, and he never regained relationship with them. Now he is gone, and she is grieving.

I thought her choice of words was interesting. Behaviors do speak louder than words, and perhaps this behavior of his was just part of a series of poor judgments. She alluded to that. Yet, those words seemed so poignant to me.   

I am of the belief that there is a remedy for every problem, that second chances are always there. In God’s eyes, I believe forgiveness reigns. Yet, behaviors have consequences that last, and even when there is forgiveness, relationship may never be restored.

So, a cautionary tale for all. Our bad behaviors can have lasting consequences. The good news is, our good behaviors can have lasting consequences too. Let’s concentrate on those good behaviors that can last. One little kindness can change a day, a week, a lifetime.

Prayer: Lord, keep us mindful of those actions that can have long-lasting consequences or long lasting benefits, Amen

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