Gave. It starts out so simple, so innocent. A moment of pleasure, a minute of self-indulgence, or a look of self-satisfaction. It only takes a minute to start down this path that the woman in the garden was on. My youth leader’s wife used to tell me, “A minute on the lips, forever on the hips.” A cute saying that does bear truth in the lives of those who are watching their waistline. This simple truth; however, shows how quickly something innocent can impact our lives and the cascade effect it has.
Gave. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6). Do you notice the verbs that I highlighted in this text? It started with her eyes and moved quickly to her desires. She wanted to be wise, yet I wonder what made her think she was not wise? Again, I need to remind us that this woman was in the perfect environment with everything she needed, and yet somehow she thought she needed more wisdom. In her mind this one piece of fruit was going to make her wise. No other fruit in the garden that she had eaten before had made her wise, at least that is what she thought. One piece of fruit held the keys to her future happiness and wisdom.
Gave. Once she made the decision, she wanted to share her good fortune. Only poor decisions do not promote positive effects in the lives of those around us. We only think about the benefits in our lives not the harmful effect it will have in anyone else’s life. There are so many examples in our everyday lives of this cascading effect of poor choices, sin. Take the legalization of marijuana. No one thought about the effect of marijuana laced cookies and brownies on people’s pets or children that were accidentally consumed. They only thought about their own enjoyment from a marijuana laced brownie.
Gave. What is it that will make you happy? Is it a new job, a different spouse, different friends, bigger house, nicer car, etc? Yet, in the quest to acquire what we think we need, what effect will it have on those around us? Will someone else have to suffer because of the choices we make? The woman gave the man the piece of fruit after she went through a selfish process of desire. He suffered the consequences of the woman’s disobedience and desires along with her. How many children suffer because of their parents’ alcoholism, anger, drug abuse, greed, etc? Why? They are trying to satisfy their own selfish desires, but the children pay the price. Don’t give away your poor choices, rather give away selflessness, kindness, gentleness, patience, and self-control. When you wake up the next morning you won’t regret your decision.