While making knowingly poor decisions in the past, I was prepared to deal with the immediate, personal consequences. I was even willing to accept the impact that my actions would have on people around me. What I forgot to account for, however, were the parts of my future that would be harmed.
It's impossible to know who you'll be hurting or what you'll be harming with the unwise choices that you're making right now, but the bottom line is that there are always future ramifications for today's decisions.
- Giving yourself away in college will rob you of offering your entire self to your spouse on your wedding night.
- Racking up massive credit card debt when you are newly married will prevent you from adequately providing for your future kids.
- Gossiping about people in your church or school or neighborhood will remove opportunities for new friendships down the line.
- Developing an alcohol, gambling, or pornography addiction during your 20's will steal your ability to interact in a healthy way with the friends or family you have in your 40's.
- Abusing a child now will take away your chances of spending time with your grandchildren later.
It is hard to think about more than the immediate sometimes. Trust me, I have been terrible at it. So, as a reminder to us both, I'll say it again: The choices you make today will affect people you have not yet met, but will one day love.