Devotional: The Mystery of the Clock Tower
October 21st, 2010
After you’ve heard “The Mystery of the Clock Tower Parts 1 & 2,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player. You can also find a station in your area.)
By Ashley Padgett
Last summer, I worked at a camp for a few months. It was a lot of fun, but there were certainly a lot of long and tiring days for those of us on staff.
One day, my friend Brittany was sweeping the kitchen before we left for the day, and I noticed that she didn’t have a dustpan. I went and grabbed one and held it as she swept. I probably would have never thought about it again, except that Brittany mentioned it to me several days later. She said that day was an especially hard one for her. Everything had been going wrong and she was on the brink of tears all day. As she was sweeping, all she could think about was how bad that day was going. But then, when I got the dustpan for her, she said it really picked her up to know that someone cared. It made her whole day better.
I never would have guessed that such a simple act could change someone’s whole day!
We saw something similar in “The Mystery of the Clock Tower,” where Alicia’s small act of anger changed everything for her sister. Eugene told Matthew, “if you take one action, than another action is likely to follow.” We have to be careful with our decisions, because sometimes our actions will cause hurt for others. But we also should be on the lookout for ways we can affect people in good ways! With my friend Brittany, I gave her a smile and helped her (cause) so she felt better about herself and her day (effect).
What are some ways you’ve seen Cause and Effect in your own life? What are some ways that you’ve been a good “cause” in someone’s life? How have you seen the “effects”? Tell us about it in the comments below!