24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Harsh! What you do, no matter what, affects others. It doesn't matter if it is good or bad. The trickle-down affect may be in place, or the "Kevin Bacon degrees game". It all started with the actor Kevin Bacon. He has worked with so many others that they were measuring how close people are to him. You know, how many people are between you and someone else? Like, I sing in choir with one person, they were in a trio with another, who is married to so-and-so. That is three degrees between me and so-and-so. Same with your actions. What you do today can cause riffs for quite a long time.
The men who tried to accuse Daniel ended up in that lions' den, as well as their wives and children. Was it really that important? I guess to them it was, but to make their families suffer this terrible death too? So be careful. Think hard about your actions. Be coming a Christian was a positive affect on your family. But do you really act like one around them? Do you keep your language clean? Do you talk about others negatively, do you blow up at everything? Look at your life and see what changes you can make that can affect your family in a positive way. Then for this weekend, act on it. Pray and talk to someone outside your family to keep you accountable. I will do the same and if you see some changes, let me know.
Have a great weekend!