The Ripple Effect: When Our Actions Affect Others

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Since the beginning of time, individuals have experienced hardships as a residual effect of another’s actions. The things that we say and do are so powerful that they can even impact future generations. And the Scriptures bear witness to this truth. Think about it: wasn’t it Eve’s dietary choices within the Garden of Eden that brought about pain to all women during childbirth? Or what about King David’s questionable actions which subjected his descendants to violence in every subsequent generation? The people of Israel were held captive by the Babylonians for 73 years, not for their own actions, but because of the sins of their forefathers. So the concept of the majority being held accountable for the faults of a few is certainly not a new one. That’s why when situations like what occurred here a few weeks ago arise, I’m not at all surprised. But before I go any further, let me bring you up to speed.

For the time being, I reside in a place one would not wish upon their worst enemy. In prison, I am separated from my family and those close to me. Therefore, I cling to every opportunity to stay connected to them. The best way to stay in contact with family and legal personnel here is mainly through email. So, that’s why it was especially hurtful to have this privilege blocked for a period of time due to the misconduct of a few. The negative activities of two or three guys caused an email ban that affected 300 individuals who had nothing to do with their actions. Although the sanctions felt harsh and unfair, I knew that there was a valuable spiritual lesson to be learned in all of this.

Essentially, we are all subject to the “ripple effect” meaning that the choices of another person has the potential to impact each one of us either for the good or the bad. This train of thought is one that can assist us as we perfect our daily walk with Christ. Before we commit to any action, it is imperative that we consider all those who may potentially be affected as a result. This is another reason why we must refrain from making snap decisions. It has a way of restricting our vantage point and impairing our ability to clearly see the bigger picture.

So, although I was not happy about being reprimanded for the actions of others, I am thankful that God chose to drop this nugget of wisdom into my spirit. This will cause me to be more deliberate in my decision making, ensuring that my actions are always pleasing in God’s sight. Thus, knowing that the ultimate results will always be a blessing to all those who are connected to me.

Michael Winans Jr is a 3rd generation member of the world renowned Winans family. Mike began his music career at the age of 16 singing alongside his cousins in the Gospel group, Winans Phase II. Soon after, Mike initiated a career in songwriting/production and formed his own company, Baby Mike Music. In 2006, he signed a co publishing deal with EMI Music and began working with many renowned artists. His music career spawned him millions of album sales and a Grammy nomination. But in 2013, Mike’s life took an unexpected turn when he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in Federal Prison. However, Mike has taken a position of strength by redirecting his attention to his foundation, Christ. Mike is now a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching nightly bible studies and ushering fellow inmates into the revelation of Christ.

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