The Consequence of Choice

Today I listened to a discussion about Adam and Eve, their fall, and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Being banished from the garden was the consequence of choosing their own will, not God’s. It made me think about the consequences in our lives.

Have you ever tried asking yourself the question “What if?” What if…you never finished high school? What if…you’d chosen a different career? What if…you didn’t ever marry, or married someone else, other than your spouse?

If you take each scenario and really think about each one, YOUR story could be so different!

Keep thinking. If you had never finished high school…you may never have met the person who became the most important teacher to you who influenced you in a particular direction…you may never have chosen the career that you did…others would have influenced you – for good, or for bad – and YOUR story would be very different from what it is today.

Choices give us consequences, and consequences help us to realize the things we had, or results that we don’t want to repeat. Choices and consequences are good reality checks. Choices and consequences  – IF we take the time to reflect on them – help us to see the good and the bad, and they help us to put in perspective the things we want in our lives, as well as the things we want to change.

What have YOUR choices and the consequences of YOUR actions helped you to see? Have they changed you, molded you, formed you into the person you are today? And, are you satisfied with that person… or are you still a work in progress? Choices are good, and consequences help us to grow. You have the ability to choose…so, let each decision allow you to grow a little more each day.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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