My friend, Dr. Everett Piper, would always remind me that good ideas have good consequences and bad ideas have bad consequences. If we could understand this simple statement, we would enjoy life so much more and frankly, life would be much easier.
Recently, I spoke with a married man who quit both his marriage and his job after giving many years of his life to both. He quit his job and abandoned his marriage because he was involved with another woman. He left his wife, family, friends, church, and community. He told me he knew I would disagree with his decision. He was right. You see, he ignored the fact that good ideas have good consequences and bad ideas have bad consequences.
How do we know what is good or bad? Is it simply our opinion? Is it all relative? Absolutely not! Our standards used to define good and bad are found in the bible. Scripture gives us clear direction on how to live our lives. The book of Proverbs starts in chapter one by telling us that the advice given in proverbs has the purpose to “teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help people do what is right, just, and fair”.
If we could simply follow biblical instructions we would have less crime, less divorce, less sadness, fewer arguments, stronger families, fulfilled dreams, and stronger communities.
So next time you are facing a dilemma, remember good ideas have good consequences and bad ideas have bad consequences. There are no shortcuts. Simply do the right thing!