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Your Actions Have a Reaction

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 13:37, ” But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. “

Background

A brief read into the life and work of Isaac Newton quickly demonstrates that he was not operating with the same type brain that I and many of my cohorts have. Besides his tasty invention, the fig newton (not really), Sir Isaac made strides and discoveries in physics and mathematics that are still today fundamentally used in science and mechanics. Beyond his work in the development of calculus, and other studies whose names all begin with the word ” Newtonian, ” Newton is probably best known for his theory of gravity (usually associated with the image of an apple falling out of a tree and hitting him on the head) and three laws of motion. The third law, simply expressed, states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. One can see this play out when two billiard balls roll into one another and simultaneously bounce back in opposite directions. The force of one on the other is returned in like kind on the first. Stated another way, Newton’s law says that forces exist in pairs. Or in common vernacular, everything comes with a price. Now, that’s not all bad. We generally celebrate, as we should, when our actions and efforts return good fortune and positive results.

Application

But there are also many times when we fail to recognize that our action has a mate, or mates, and the set, though seemingly disconnected and unrelated, are directly tied to each other. And unfortunately, they are not as opposite as we might think, or wish that they were. Words of criticism make the speaker more critical, and also injure the spirit of the hearer. Conversely, words of praise lighten and uplift tenfold the speaker and the hearer. Gossip shared damages the relationship of those sharing it, in spite of its allusion of closeness, and further harms the one who is the unwitting subject. Negative thoughts don’t exist in a vacuum; rather they sour your nature and taint your view. There are reactions to your actions, even if you cannot presently see them. Consider this law the next time you think you’re not having an effect on anyone around you.

Charge

As we seek Him today, realize that everything you do, say, and think is changing at least one person in this world. Make it the right kind of change.


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AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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