Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:12; 12:26-27 (NIV)
Have you ever ridden in a boat behind the wake created by another boat? The ripple effect from the wake of one boat creates a challenge for the surrounding boats. If the boat is driven at a certain speed it can create less of a wake and the ripple effect will result in less of a problem for the other boats.
The way we conduct our lives is similar to driving a boat. Every life decision we make will effect others in some way, form or fashion. If we don’t think through our decisions before we put them into action which can create a huge wake and negatively affect those around us. Since we are interrelated by design this is inevitable.
In the same manner, a well examined life also creates a ripple effect. The person who is diligent about examining his or her life typically sees a negative consequence in the distance and makes a course correction to yield a different outcome. Not only will the individual that makes wise choices receive a positive return, but all those in the vicinity of the ripple affect will benefit from the good choices as well.
Lord, I recognize that You created me with relationship in mind. Help me to think through things before I act in haste, so that I can yield the best possible return and so that the ripple effect on the lives of those around me will have a positive impact.