Have you ever thrown a rock or a stick into a pool of water or into a river and watch the ripples roll away? In the river of life, that rock or stick represents your choices and actions and the ripples represent the results of your choices and actions. As the creator of the ripples, you are the first one to be affected as you sink like a rock to the bottom of the river or float like the stick with its currents. As the ripples emanate from you they affect your family and those closest to us. Many times, because of our selfishness we do not see the rippling effect of our actions as it flows out to our children and close friends, and those ripples can cause small disruptions or major problems. The young teenager who makes bad life choices affects the whole house. The rippling effect of their choices can bring disharmony and confusion in the home and in some cases may cause the division of parents who do not have a strong bond of unity. The effects of their choices may last for a lifetime. The dad who chooses to take drugs and ends up in prison, not only is his life changed, but his wife and children’s lives feel the rippling effect of lost financial and emotional support. The home may be torn apart and the children begin to rebel due to the void left by an absentee father.
When you throw a rock into the water it sinks to the bottom, but the effects last for a long time. For those of us who choose to sink into the immoral cesspool of life, we may affect future generations. As you sink to the bottom, the ripples at the top of the tiver of life moves outward and touches your friends and relatives. The young mother who chooses to sell her body, or enter a life of crime has set the stage for turmoil and misery in the lives of her children. Her path of destruction will take her children along with her unless someone intervenes and stop the ripples from causing too many disruptions.
As the ripples flows outward there are those who will overcome the waves because they choose to make right choices. Then there are those who will be overtaken by the waves, only to follow the destructive path set before them and would sometimes be worse than their parents. What we do affect others, so it is better to do right than to do wrong. In the river of life, right choices have a rippling effect for good, but bad choices lead to destruction. We didn’t have a choice when we stepped into the river of life, but we can choose what kind of ripples we will send out to the world.