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Then What?


Jul 14


[tweet_dis]How often do you ask “then what?” in reference to your actions?[/tweet_dis] Asking this simple, yet very important question prior to taking action can help us to have much more positive results in our life.

I am reading the book “The Daniel Plan”[i] which addresses the question “then what?” It is a great question to ask ourselves!

Our actions do have consequences. It is helpful to ponder the short and long term outcome of our actions prior to acting on our thoughts and impulses or even our desire to say certain things.

  • Then what will happen if I say this?
  • Then what will happen if I I look at this?
  • Then what will happen if I eat this?
  • Then what will happen if I stay up all night at my computer?
  • Then what will happen if I give in to that small temptation?
  • Then what will happen if I choose to help someone?
  • Then what will happen if I choose to love?
  • Then what will happen if I make the choice to _________? (You fill in the blank)

[tweet_dis]Our actions, whether good or bad, have consequences.[/tweet_dis] The consequences may or may not be immediate.  Don’t be deceived into thinking that because the result of your action is not immediate that it does not have a consequence.  Even small decisions we make and actions we take have a multiplied affect over a period of time. Our decisions often set in motion a progression of actions and results in our life.

It is much easier to make the right choices when the consequences are immediate and hugely impactful.  We are much more likely to carefully consider “then what?” However, keep in mind that even the result of small decisions we make add up over time creating what can be life altering effects.

When asking this important question “then what?” we need wisdom from God in order to see clearly the truthful answer. The Bible tells us in James 1:5-8 that if we ask God for wisdom and do not doubt, He will give us the wisdom we need.

I have seen how this little tip of asking “then what?” can be a very helpful tool in making daily decisions. Will you join me in asking this simple question throughout your day? “Then what?”


[i] Warren, Richard, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman. The Daniel plan: 40 days to a healthier life. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2013. Print.

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