Future Fallout

The hubby and I have been watching another DC Comic TV show involving a character who finds when he runs fast enough, he can go backward or forward in time. Yes – it is the ultimate of superhero powers – to fight crime by being the fastest man alive and also be able to go back in time to change outcomes (not that this is always the wisest move, of course).

All this time-jumping, trying to change the past/control the future plot lines has made me think about how what we do now effects what happens later. (I think it was the movie Gladiator that coined the phrase, “what we do in life echoes for an eternity.”) I think of it as our own personal future fallout. I have a friend who is a teenager and has found himself in the cycle of undesirable choices… drugs, premarital sex, etc. Some might look at him and see “typical teenager rebellion.” But I look at him and see the future fallout coming (and in so many ways, is already happening). It is an amazing ability to see how one’s choices today will effect tomorrow. If one could see how our today-choices determine our tomorrow-self, I wonder if we wouldn’t choose quite differently today?

The Bible was written and given to us by God. As I have said in another post, it is His instruction manual for us because He created us and knows how we operate best. We all mess up. We don’t always follow His instructions for how we work best and when we make the decision to follow down a path that is not His best for us, there are inevitable consequences. When we can see how are today-choices effect tomorrow-outcomes, we can begin to see why God gave us His instruction manual to help us avoid pitfalls. But God also gives us His grace. He allows us to experience His love in that though we may live out the consequences of our choices, we can always choose to start over and make new/different choices. And we can rest in knowing He will help us and guide us in making those better decisions. He didn’t just create us and then leave us to ourselves to make unwise decisions. He created us and then gave us His instruction manual for how we operate best and how we can make the best choices – He gave us His Word, the Bible.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

I wish I could give my friend the superhero power to travel back in time and start down a different path than he has found himself on. I see him continuing in his choices to abuse his body and mind and I know the future fallout that is ahead and already happening. But he can’t see it, or rather, he refuses to see it. Yet I hope and pray that he might soon find himself ready to try a different path and return to God who knows how he works best and has given him the instruction manual for a much better future.

by His grace -