Consequences are Inevitable

“We live in a sowing and reaping world.”  Dave Ramsey

“We live in a sowing and reaping world.”
Dave Ramsey

No matter what we do, there are consequences.

I’ve been aware for a while about how our decisions add up to the kind of life we live, but I’m not sure I realized the magnitude of every single action until I noticed my husband’s holey T-shirts. Last time I did the laundry, it just so happened that every one of his shirts that I hung up had a hole under the left arm.

I came up with all sorts of theories to make sense of the holes.

Maybe we had a giant moth that hung around the backside of the closet, never coming around front to eat the opposite underarm. Maybe my husband had a fungus under one arm that ate away at cotton. Maybe something he did at work caused one side of his shirt to rip along the seam, like he raised his left arm higher than the right.

It wasn’t until I was running by him the ridiculous reasons I came up with that I noticed him scratch under his left arm. A minute or two later, he did it again. Then, he did it again.

He had complained about the holes for as long as I could remember, but he hadn’t figured out the cause and I hadn’t paid much attention until that laundry day.

It just so happened, holey T-shirts were the consequence of all that scratching.

What habits do you practice that are going unnoticed and causing problems along the way?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Holey T-shirts offered a holy lesson – actions matter and, left unattended, they can mess up things.


16 responses »

    • It got me thinking too, Beth. 🙂 Sounds silly, right?

      I’ve written about John, but I need to figure out what habits I have that need changing. I have a friend who says, “It’s so much easier for me to see my husband’s traits. My eyes look out, not in.” Lol.

  1. I loved this post. Your husbands holey left underarm really made me giggle 🙂

    Like Beth, no holey t-shirts but you have really got me thinking too. For me, I think there are things I’m NOT doing that are having consequences.

    Mmmmm, thanks for the food for thought Kim!

    • Makes me giggle too, Susannah. 🙂 I appreciate silly, amusing problems.

      You’ve given me food for thought now – “I think there are things I’m not doing that are having consequences.” Waving my hand and yelling, “Me too, me too.” Now, pondering what to do about it.

      • You will be pleased to know that this post, which, like I said in my previous comment, made me think about some of the things I’m not doing which are having consequences, has helped galvanise me into action. Thank you! I am making a plan, and better than that…I’m going to actually do it, too!

        A great example of what you wrote about is prayer…when we pray, there are consequences, and when we don’t pray…there are also consequences!

        Hope you are figuring out some action to take too and thanks again xo

  2. Hum…. hubby does get the odd holey t-shirt too, but I never thought to check whether it’s always under the same arm. Now I’m curious and need to find out. Wouldn’t it be strange if it they shared the same habit?
    Other than that though, you’ve got me scratching my head… hope it doesn’t become holey too… 😉 I’m sure there are other things but I’ll have to think about that. Great post, Kim.

    • What a funny comment, Renee-Ann. Tickled me to think you might find out the same thing about your husband. I started sewing the holes because the shirts were still good, but that got old. Plus, he’s still scratching. Lol.

      Be careful with your head. Holey T-shirts are enough of a problem. 🙂

      Going to bed laughing. I love when that happens.

  3. Kim

    Why not buy him a better brand of t shirts? He may be reacting to the material in the shirts. It time for us men to demand better T shirts.

    Demonstrations will take place outside your house by a new group called “committee for better underwear for men” if he does not have new shirts by the end of the month.

    How is that for consequences?

    Committee organizer


    • You’re a funny one, Bob. I wish a better brand worked. I’d love to find a solution besides sewing and throwing (them away). 🙂

      Doesn’t matter about brand, cost, material, etc. He’s got himself a life-long habit with holey consequences.

  4. I’m always trying to be the problem solver…itchy + scratching = irritating thread or material…
    but, NO…it’s different shirts with same problem…
    so, could it be just a habit we’ve gotten into???
    or a hairy armpit…I told you …I try and reason things out!

    • Marilyn, I’m also a problem solver … always trying to figure things out. Hubby’s got a habit. 🙂

      Our son laughed when I told him about this blog post and said, “Dad does scratch under his arm. He does it a lot.” Yep, a lot. In fact, so much that he holes up his T-shirts. Lol.

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