Good Intentions = Nothing

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

If I learned anything this year, it was definitely the fact that good intentions alone, equals nothing. We all have good intentions about praying more, reading the Bible more, living out our faith more, calling our loved ones more, saving more, spending less, watching less TV, meeting our neighbors, going to church, getting in shape, blogging more, writing more….

But good intentions without action are useless. Jeffrey Kluger said; There’s a deep freeze of sorts for all good intentions- a place that you store your plans to make changes in your life when you know you’re not going to make them at all.

I had good intentions to blog several times a week this year but you need only look at my archives to see that those intentions were useless. Do you have a barrel full of good intentions shoved in a corner somewhere in your mind and heart? You’ve slapped a label on it that reads; “Someday” but in really “Someday” becomes “Noday” I had a friend who years ago, give me great advice. He said, “Don’t make someday, noday. It was simple yet profound.

The only time good intentions come in handy is when we are judging ourselves. You see, we tend to judge ourselves on our intentions, but others on their actions. I’m sure you can relate. Other than that, good intentions rob much from our lives. They sneak stealthly into our minds and hearts and steal precious time from our lives. We spend enormous amounts of time planning all the things we are going to do. We spend so much time on planning that we don’t do much doing.

I am guilty of this as much as you. Just a few days ago I turned 47 on Christmas day. 47 years allows for a lot of good intentions. As I write these words, it’s December 30th. 2014. I had good intentions to complete my second non-fiction book as well as my young adult novel. I could have done both easily if I had just applied action to my intentions. But I must have thought the book fairies were going to slip into my house at night and pound out thousands of words on my laptop while I spent countless hours on social media, reading other peoples books or watching TV.

I’m tired of good intentions. I’ve committed instead to “Good Actions”. Today I uninstalled Facebook, a big time stealer, from my phone. I created a chart to, well, chart my progress for finishing my books. I know my Editor will be pleased. That’s the good thing about the past, it’s in the past. Today I am making a change. It’s not too late because currently I am still breathing. I want the dash between those two dates to mean something. I want to leave a legacy that makes an impact for eternity. I want to know that I left this earth empty. I don’t want to die with anything let in me I was supposed to accomplish. I want to die empty and I invite you to die empty with me.

Thank you for following me and I promise you, there will be a lot more blogs from me in 2015. Happy and Blessed New Year!!

Rob

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Comments
  1. Arlene Focht says:

    Excellent! I have so many “good intentions” floating around in my head and I know that I cannot accomplish any of them without the Lord. My physical being would be unable to complete all of them, but if I would depend on God more than I now do, I know that more intentions would become reality. My job is to “go and tell”. God takes over from there. Thanks for the inspiration to put feet on my intentions, to go and to tell, THROUGH GOD.

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