The Law of Unintended Consequences
“In the social sciences, unintended consequences (sometimes unanticipated consequences or unforeseen consequences) are outcomes that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action. The term was popularised in the 20th century by Americansociologist Robert K. Merton.”
In Jesus’ vernacular, “A man or woman reaps what they sow.” There is effort and cost to “sowing the future.” And the consequential effects of “small choices” of “not” paying the price and effort to sow—on oneself, and their children, and their children’s children growing up ordinary or worse, their neighbors, their strength, their freedom, their happiness, their wisdom, their friends and relationships—is immutable. Why did Esau decide what he did? He didn’t look forward, only at what he wanted or didn’t want at that moment. He didn’t choose to sow with any cost in the now—to the Future and to Heavenly Priorities.
Every human who works in the workplace would probably love to get the pay and the benefits, but have no obligation to work. Everyone “wants it all.” And yet, they know that can’t happen. The Law of Unintended Consequences.
In a world of selfishness and lack of vision and pride, may GOD’S Inheritance not function as human flesh has always been inclined?
If we sow bountifully, we have and will reap bountifully, to the praise of HIS Glory. And, then when we have lived a Life that reflects HIS priorities and not our own, on that Day of His Return, OUR COLORS WILL BE CLEAR. We did all for GOD’S Glory, not our own preferences.