Ahh the power of precedent. If I do a thing it may seem a certain way to me. But what if everyone did what I was doing? Would the world be a better or worse place?
Someone takes a stapler from work. No big deal, go to the cabinet and get another one. But what if all 62 employees took a stapler. You can see what happens. It becomes a mess.
I throw trash out the window of my car. No big deal, only one cup. What if everyone did it?
Someone wants to use a room in the church to hold a seminar for their business. They are nice people and faithful members, but you have to tell them no. Why? Because if you allow one person to do it, everyone then has the right to do so. In fact, to allow one person to do a thing and not the next person, is discrimination.
So when we are thinking about what we are doing, we always need to ask ourselves about the notion of setting a precedent. Not just what this means for me, but what would happen if everyone did what I am doing?
It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.