I am sure most of you have you heard the news about the oil spill. They are trying to siphon away the geyser of crude from a blown-out well a mile under Gulf of Mexico waters. The reports say it is not really a spill but a flow that continues to spew out over 200,000 gallons a day. Some say it will take years to clean up the mess. It is so true how when one single thing happens creates an effect touching others without any control over it. Fishermen, Shipping goods, wildlife, tourist sites and the list goes on, it will even affect you and I in the long run. Even if the oil stays mostly offshore, the consequences could be devastating for sea turtles, dolphins and other deepwater marine life. You can call this an environmental disaster with little hope of relief any time soon. It is no quick fix but something our country will have to deal with.
Let us look at this on a personal level. Every action, every word we spew out of our mouth there are consequences and they will affectsomeone. It could be a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or your neighbor. They can be short-term fixes or long-term, lasting for years with a person who may have a problem with forgiveness. You may say that is their problem, just like we can say the same about the oil spill. We had nothing to do with it but it still affects us. Many times people do or say stupid things through gossip or by the cause of anger issues and after they have had their say it is forgotten about. However the person who heard it or repeated it continues to spill out the poison. Actions and words are not easily forgotten and they are passed on. It seems the negative is highlighted even the more. People can remember you for being nice and polite but you won’t stand out as much as if you had committed a crime or a sin exposed. People actually are attracted to the negative to give them something to talk about. It is human nature versus Christian nature and since most people still live under the nature realm knowing better they fall to the prey. This is where the Christian nature should reign in our lives.
So, since every action and every word is calculated and creates an effect, what should we do about it? Speak only good things and do only the best we can do in our christian walk, all the while knowing others will be watching. It is that easy! One negative word spoken or one negative actions is just like the oil spill. It travels and continues to flow until many are covered and has the potential for disaster striking all those who are nearby. If you don’t think you should say or do because the Holy Spirit is compelling you to hush, then just don’t do it. Listen to His voice prompting you to make good decisions with words and actions. When we do this, then we don’t have to worry about cleaning up a mess, hurting lives or creating chaos for so many people.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the Holy Spirit leading me and guiding me every day. Help me to make wise choices in everything I do and say. In Jesus name. Amen.
New International Version (©1984) Matthew 12:36 Ecclesiastes 3:17
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. I thought in my heart, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.”