Results can be defined as “consequences, effect, or outcome”.
Everything we do has a consequence, hence the result of our action can be quantified. Every action as an equal and opposite reaction, so the effect can be weighed (Newton’s Third Law). Every thing we do has an outcome, and that result differs depending upon the situation, i.e., that little white lie may not have an immediate effect, but it could start a chain reaction to a result you never thought about.
I was listening to a psychologist (I think) in an interview a few days ago as everyone continues to express their feelings about the recent election. Social Media is rampant with attacks, negativity and falsehoods. People learn that it is easy to spread their venom from the privacy of their internet connection and then struggle with expressing themselves when they come face to face with a person. We even learn to simply expound upon a subject without checking the facts for ourselves. (www.Snopes.com is a popular fact checking site, if you can trust them.)
“Social Media will be the death of us!”
Some call it the Lemming Effect. It’s the crowd following the crowd. Many are closet ex-pressers and lose that ability to dialogue or reason in person, and they seldom post an original thought and simply repost from wherever their source is derived. How many times do you see people re-post some one elses thoughts, photos or postings – and they seldom…SELDOM…write something of their own. Repeaters are not original thinkers, but what they repost is often a symptom of how they think. Original thinkers LEARN how to express themselves individually, and they often have something cogent to share.
As I flip through my various feeds, I even see those who have to put quotes into a photo with some pretty background (yes, I too am guilty of this), but not one single thought from themselves. Thinking they are “sharing,” their feed feels like driving down a highway with too many billboards! Be thankful if you live in an area that does not allow their existence!
You never know what they will advertise next!
This is almost like the blind leading the blind (Luke 6:39, Matthew 15:14). They cannot see for themselves, so they simply follow someone else, and since they cannot see that the one they are following, they seldom realize how blind that person is themselves!
Perhaps this is why we see street protesters turn violent. Among them are some with a different agenda, simply waiting for the opportunity to “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War”. They are the instigators and hoping to see their results show up on national media. They’ve won! They got the masses to follow their lead. And the blind end up following…
I am guilty… of over organizing my Social Media feeds and treating them as a communication tool, but weeding much of it into the Junk folder mindset. Remember that folder? In my email system I am forever writing rules to funnel unwelcomed emails to the folder that will become trash! Modern email tools let me unsubscribe and delete all email in my Inbox that may come from an unwelcomed, or no longer interesting, source.
Control! I love!
I may keep you as a connection, but I will never read your material unless you send me a personal message – like the old snail-mail and email days! (Now, to those close to me, family, friends and church, I click on the feed you are in once per day and scan your postings to make sure I do not miss anything important.)
So. If you are apart of the modern problem of simply reposting, then our paths will seldom cross. If you are a true communicator, I do not have to like your message and if we can have a dialogue about it, then we are okay.
This brings me to my concept of results… You are often the product of what you ingest. Bad food. Bad results. Good food. Good results. You can apply this logic to other things also – habits, thoughts, actions. To a Christian, there are certain things we do to bring ourselves under Spiritual Control. We cultivate better thoughts, hence, I hope, we have better actions.
The Apostle Paul writes about living and walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25) and teaches us that there is an offspring of our Spirituality. He called it Fruit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV)
There is a message of Godly living that dictates laws on how we live and converse with this sinful world. Scripture is full of examples of those who lost their way, but regained their Spiritualness and returned to the Fruit walk. Others did not.
Notice the first Fruit is Love. Love does not mean acceptance. I cannot love sin, as sin is going against God’s laws. When we give in to our fleshly desires then we are walking away from the Tree that produces Godly Fruit.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)
Immediately following this discourse, John begins to talk about the those that are anti Christ. Go ahead. Read the remainder of the chapter. He tell us that those who are against Christ are not to be followed. A result of following those who are against Christ leads you farther from the True Vine (John 15:1) and if you are not a Fruit Bearer then you will be pruned as a non-producer.
That’s a Result. I want to be a Fruit Producer! That’s a Result I can live with…