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Butterfly effect

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I’m always struck by just how many times people do things and the downstream results of their actions are never at all what they think they will be, if they think about them at all.

It doesn’t matter if our actions are really big and have an immediate effect, or very small and seemingly inconsequential, there always seem to be consequences that we wholly don’t anticipate.

It sort of reminds me of the whole Butterfly Effect where a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world and sets of a chain reaction that ends up being a storm on the other side of the world.

I was reminded of this just recently on of all places, Facebook.

Being a collector of various bits of information, most of it coming from a cornucopia of sources – that because of my background, I deem either reliable or unreliable – I end up with quite a bit of information that I pass on to others who may interested. Usually I do this through a phone call, an email, or if I happen to run into them, I’ll just tell them about it.

Very rarely do I post something on someone else’s wall on Facebook, but, that’s just what I did with an interesting video about the actual effects of fiscal inequality, which according to the data collected are very different in tenor and tone than one might automatically assume.

If you’re interested in taking a look, you can view it here: richard_wilkinson.html

But, it wasn’t the video itself that led me to think about unintended consequences, it was what happen after I posted it on my friend’s page. First another friend saw the post, viewed it and reposted it to her 259 friends. Then a friend of hers saw her post and reposted it to her 193 friends, and I don’t know where it went from there, but you get the picture.

When I posted it I thought one person would view it, but instead 452 other people that I know of saw the posting, and I assume a fraction of those actually took the time to watch it, which was a far greater number of people seeing it than I ever intended. It really gave me a very small-scale view of how something could indeed go viral on the internet and end up affecting millions of people before a day is out.

All this got me thinking about how we live our lives as everyday believers in Christ. How our behavior has unintended, far-reaching and unseen consequences for either good or ill than we will ever know, which is why it’s so important to stay as close to the LORD as possible and live our lives in Him and for Him instead of for ourselves.

“…you should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

1 Thessalonians: 2:12

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It’s funny what hits you and when.

I’m admittedly a YouTube junkie. I just love the fact that you can find anything and everything from audio to video on that site. Even when you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can find something interesting from the present, or a reminder of the past, to keep your attention for a few minutes at least.

I especially like it when Facebook friends post YouTube video’s on their Facebook feeds. Most of them I can take or leave, but just recently one friend posted a link to the “Never Tear Us Apart” video by INXS.

I haven’t seen, or even thought about, this band and the early demise of its singer for a very long time. They were absolutely huge, as you can tell from the audience in the video. But, it wasn’t the long gone by memories that the song brought up when I watched it, it was the truth of the words in the song.

“You were standing and I was there, two hearts collided and they’ll never tear us apart.”

One line from a song not even sung to the God of all creation, but it so wonderfully captures the reality of our relationship with Him through Christ.

How many of us were just going about our lives in our own little tinpot ways, when we looked up and saw Him standing there, waiting patiently for us?  And when we saw Him knew that our lives would never be the same again.

Why? Why would our lives never be the same again?

Because that’s what happens when two hearts collide and true love is born and flutters to life in our own heart. His love for us has always existed, but until the moment when we see Him, we really don’t know what true love is all about. The word collide with all its explosiveness, intensity and passion is the perfect explanation about what happens in our own heart when it meets His.

Oh, but we think we know what love is all about before we meet Him. We feel all the love feelings, we make all the right love decision’s, or so we think, but we don’t ever encounter the actual reality of love until we enter into a relationship with Him. He is the embodiment of love, and our human experiences of love are but a shadowy reflection of what and who He is.

When you have that kind of love, you know that nothing will ever be able to tear you apart from it, and you know that He feels the same. He loves you so much that He will never let you go, or allow anything to take you from Him. Why? Because He loves you too much to want to be without you, and the longer you’re with Him, the more you realize that you feel the same way about Him.

My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from me.”

John 10:27-28

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