One of the most destructive and rapidly spreading invasive species on the continent has been found for the first time in a Canadian national park.
Driving along the road of Elk Island National Park, you see bison grazing in the prairie fields. Sometimes on the road a bison will walk in front or alongside your car. In midday you are less likely to see any bison as they stay in shaded areas dense with poplar and evergreen trees.
What you hope to not see is a wild pig.
Unfortunately, “the most destructive and rapidly spreading invasive species on the continent”— wild pigs— have been spotted in the park; a first for a national park in Canada.
“They contaminate water with mud and pathogens, they destroy crops, they are a public safety hazard and they transmit disease to human, pets, livestock and wildlife.” (Global News)
Wild pigs were brought into Saskatchewan and Alberta to help farms diversify but some pigs escaped.
It’s unfortunate an intentionally good plan ended up creating destruction.
Destructive paths can be created from good intentions.
Destructive paths can be started by believing the good outranks the risk.
When I was 14 years old, I got my first job at a fast-food restaurant. The $5.25 p/h wage seemed like a win-fall back then compared to my babysitting jobs of $2 p/hr. So I eagerly said yes to evening shifts, no matter the day. My good intention of saving money outranked my risk of falling behind in my school work. My teenage mind convinced me I could handle my work shifts and my school work–no problem! Well, within three months I had fallen so behind in Chemistry, I had to take Chemistry again in summer school, destroying my summer holiday plans.
The example I shared is a lighter one, although I have experienced heartbreaking and ruinous consequences from other choices!
A few examples of good intentions that can go wrong:
1. Good intention of saying yes to go for lunch with a single co-worker leading to an uncomfortable work environment and destroying trust in your marriage.
2. Good intention of buying a gift beyond your budget that leads to a debt that takes you months to pay-off (and causes you mental stress).
3. Good intention of supporting a friend by saying “yes” to joining her into a situation where you compromise your own values.
What can help us make good choices that keep us away from destructive paths?
Three steps for decision making beyond good intentions
1. Prayer and asking others to pray for us. We don’t have to disclose our situations to ask for prayer. God knows.
2. Confide in a safe person who knows you well and also shares your values.
3. Write a pros and cons list before making any decision. Ask a trusted friend, advisor, coach or co-worker to review the list and add other risks that you missed. (Often we are too close to a situation to have a clear picture.)
Scripture for good decisions
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
What other ways helps us make good decisions beyond our good intentions?
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