ColorStorm has a great post up called Random Goodness about the domino effect doing kind things can have on others who witness them. The video he has is just awesome too; really take 5 minutes to check it out.
This concept of how we can influence others happens to blend nicely with things I’ve been pondering lately now that it’s been a year since I lost my father. He taught me a lot throughout my life of course, but what’s been interesting to discover is how much I am still learning from him after his death.
That calm voice guiding me through my day, talking me down from fear or encouraging me to stay strong, or even just helping me to laugh at my own ridiculousness. Years of feasting on my dad’s knowledge and experience have harvested an endless source of good fruit; his legacy and now mine to share.
This all ties in well with a devotional book I’m reading called Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers, particularly her chapter on tumbleweeds. Did you know the most important part of a tumbleweed’s life comes after it dies? It’s at this point you see when it breaks free from its roots and begins that trademark roll, spreading seeds wherever the wind takes it. Long after that poor dried up tumbleweed has died, it is still producing new life and renewal.
The tumbleweed of course has no choice in the matter, it only does what God designed it to do and the end result is always good. It’s the same for us humans too, the actions we take today (or choose not to) will have an effect on others long after we are gone. We have a choice however as to whether the result will be good or bad, whether what we say or do builds others up or tears them down. Or whether we even choose to say or do anything at all.
Choose wisely, they all have eternal consequences.