Over the weekend, I committed myself to launch the long overdue project to clean my screened-in porch from the thick coating of pollen that mother nature delivered this year. After several hours of pressure washing every nook and cranny, I was exhausted. This came after a long day of clearing my “honey do” list.
There was a point where the porch was clean, but the [outdoor] furniture was still sitting out in the back yard. I decided I was too tired to finish….and planned on competing the project later in the week.
But, I asked myself: “Can I live with the consequences of that? It’s gonna rain”.
The answer was NO. The furniture I just cleaned was likely to get muddy from the rain. I was unwilling to repeat all the effort it took to clean them again. So, I pushed on another hour until the furniture was moved inside. But the flower pots, candles, and other items remained untouched and were still sitting outside.
I asked myself again: “Can I live with that? It’s still going to rain.”
This time, the answer was YES. I can accept those consequences. Many of those items still need to be cleaned or thrown away. No extra work is caused.
God gave us an incredible ability to look into the future and predict the outcomes and consequences of our actions. More people should take advantage of that skill.
- If I choose to overeat and not exercise, can I envision the future and live with the consequences?
- If I want to go to a bar and then drink and drive, can I envision the future and live with the consequences?
- If I allow myself to indulge in pornography, can I envision the future and live with the consequences?
- If I were to pursue an emotional relationship with someone who is not my wife, can I envision the future and live with the consequences?
Each and every choice has a multitude of potential outcomes. Envision what might await you in the future and assess the options. Chose the path where you can live with the consequences.
Thanks for listening.