You are faced with a decision. You have to choose whether to act now, wait, choose another route or not act at all. You know whatever you decide will be a game changer, so you put thought into it, get counsel and pray sincerely about what you should do. You turn over every stone and look at every option before moving forward. After you have gathered your information, you make a decision; after making your decision, you follow through with the appropriate action.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone placed this much effort in making life-changing decisions? Wouldn’t it help to avoid much heartache and pain? Unfortunately, many people jump into things without counting the cost. They make decisions based on how they feel at the moment. If something makes them feel good, they’re in. If something requires too much work, they’re out. If it looks good, they’ll go for it; if it doesn’t, they’ll pass. If the majority says it’s cool, they’ll go along. If they are in the minority, they won’t take the plunge. Instead of thinking about their actions beforehand, they engage in them frivolously, sometimes changing the very courses of their lives.
Think about that person who drank and drove and ended up killing an innocent person, or consider that person who had unprotected sex and ended up with a sexually transmitted disease. Think about that person who was involved with the wrong crowd and ended up in prison, or think about that person who cheated on his taxes and ended up paying a whopping penalty.
Don’t get me wrong, consequences aren’t always negative, on a whole, right behaviors can generate positive consequences. However, a person usually welcomes positive things when they come. Those things usually uplift him and bring him joy. It’s the negative that he wants to avoid if possible. And yes, there are some things beyond a person’s control; and no matter what he does, he can’t change them. However, there are many things a person has control over, and it is wise for him to make right decisions about those things.
So before you act, think about your action first. Don’t just consider the moment, and don’t just go by your feelings. Weigh that action to see whether it will be beneficial in the long run. Remember, with actions come consequences. They may come sooner or later, but know, they will come. And when they come, they may not only affect you, but those you love as well.