Unintended Consequences

There is incalculable influence in the choices you make today.

Alexander Fleming, the scientist who discovered penicillin once said, “When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic…But I suppose that was exactly what I did.

According to Nestle, Mrs. Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn was making chocolate cookies and ran out of chocolate. She decided to substitute semisweet chocolate in her recipe thinking the chocolate would melt. It didn’t. She pulled from the oven the very first batch of chocolate chip cookies ever baked.

August 24, 1853, George Crum, a cook at Moon’s Lake House near Saratoga Springs, New York, was fed up with the complaints of a customer who kept sending back his potatoes saying they were too thick and soggy. Spitefully, he cut the potato so thin and fried it so crisp the customer couldn’t possibly eat it with a fork. It was the first batch of Potato Chips ever served.

For Peter it was another day of fishing. While his brother, Andrew, had gone once again to hear that preacher, John the Baptist. John introduces Andrew to Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Andrew comes home to introduce Peter to Jesus. A fisherman is transformed into a fisher of men. These ignorant and unlearned men become the first disciples in a movement of God we’re still talking about today.

What will be the unintended consequences of the choices you make today? Will eternity echo with the sound of your influence? Will the next Billy Graham be affected by your actions? Is it possible that today you could be the inspiration for the next business leader, scientist, artist, politician or preacher who will reshape our culture?

Your words matter. Your choices make a difference. Every outburst of wrath, every expression of love, every thoughtful or thoughtless conversation carries unintended consequences.

Give your thoughts, motives, words and action to God. Ask Him to shape the unintended consequences of the choices you make today.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

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