Good intentions are not good enough. Good intentions defined is just a goal or road someone intends on following. No one would remember the good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. How many people talk about what they are going to do but never do it? People come to us all the time and say, “We want to start a new ministry, start a business, or create an invention”. They like to talk about what they wish they could be or do but overlook the small daily details of service and respect. We all have good intentions but for the most part, they rarely get done if we don’t make up our mind to do them and put them into action. Most of the time we use the excuse of being too busy or not having the time.
To be successful in anything, we all start on ground level. We do the dirty work and we sacrifice to be who we want to be, to go where we want to go and do what we want to do. The combination of our visions, our dreams and our potential results in confidence when we take the risk and act on our good intentions. We shouldn’t just talk about being a good person someday but become a better Christian today. If we fail to continuously grow, change, and develop, then precious life is wasted on good intentions. Success isn’t how far we’ve got, but the distance we’ve traveled from where we started, and yes it starts with good intentions. People hate risk and fear regret. People who commit to taking action in the near future actually rarely follow it through… (we must have immediate obedience) and those who do follow through with actions are those who make competent decisions already with the help of advice from people they trust.
There are three things that can hinder putting our intentions into actions. People tend to take actions if they will act quickly, if it is easy and persuaded it will be effective. Studies show that most people don’t take action because they feel incapable or inadequate. I also found out that people are unlikely to follow advice when it is given. People want to trust a person and not always a piece of paper or information online. That throws out my blog doesn’t it?
How do we see good intentions turn into results? Tell someone what you are going to do, gather information on how to do it (be teachable) and then put it into action! By the time you are in your eighties, you won’t have to say, “I wish I had done that, I could have done that, etc”.
Prayer: Ok, Lord, I do have good intentions and you seem to always remind me of them. Today, I will start practicing immediate obedience with my good intentions so we can reap the benefits of growing stronger in you. In Jesus Name. Amen.