Ever throw a rock into a pond and watch the ripples? Not only does the rock make ripples, but the splash that follows and if the pond is small enough they bounce off the bank and start back.
From the day we're born each of us makes ripples in this world. Are they positive or destructive? Wherever we go we have an impact and it doesn't effect just that moment, group or individual, but will ripple to others. A kind word brings a smile to a weary someone who then passes it along. Likewise, a harsh verbal jab causes that recipient to pass a stinging blow to another. When nailed by someone do you pass it on to others? Bad day on the job, do you unload on your family when you get home? Do you shop like a maniac because someone took your parking spot? It's not easy to let it go and walk away. No matter how hard we try it's difficult to separate ourselves from cruel actions or words. I submit, if we cause ripples one way or the other, why not make positive ones? It's time to pay careful attention to all we do and say. Think how we're affecting someone and the ripples being created. What's done in the moment will carry much further than you realize and will at times bounce back good and bad. It's equally true that if another hurts me, it's my responsibility to drop it and not pay it forward. Just because my pond has been disturbed doesn't give me the right to disturb others and that goes against all this world teaches. Jesus taught: be kind to one another.
“Don't forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews 13:16
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