Good Intentions

In pondering what thoughts to put to words here, I came across two powerful posts. This one by Bill and another by Ariffa at http://hopehonorandhappiness.com/2014/08/07/the-small-things/ Perhaps God will speak to you as He did to me through these timely messages.

Unshakable Hope

With all the bad going on in the world, I was thinking about how much better it would be if we acted on most of our good intentions. Not only would the recipients of the good actions be better off, but I’m convinced that the doers of those that act on their good intentions would experience a greater sense of joy, hope and overall contentment.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Jesus did say that the southbound road is really wide and the northbound road is extremely narrow (Matthew 7:13), but I don’t remember Him ever mentioning what the pavement was made of. I think legalistic religion would tell us that the road to hell is paved with evil actions (sin). The opposite extreme would tell us that this dark road is paved with legalistic bricks that have impossible-to-keep rules imprinted on them. Like most things, I…

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About verawrites

Progress not perfection - that's my goal. Live and learn - that's my motto. I like to share bits of wisdom and glimmers of insight gleaned on my life journey of 50+ years. My hope is to encourage, perhaps inspire, fellow journeyers. Each of us has something to share. Let's be generous, gracious and compassionate with one another. I am blessed to be a blessing... so are you!
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6 Responses to Good Intentions

  1. bethbyrnes says:

    Kindness, love, generosity, compassion. If we don’t exemplify these things, we do not follow Jesus’ example.

    • verawrites says:

      Absolutely! Bill’s post makes me think of Jesus’ teaching that the thought is as bad as the action (eg., if you are angry it’s as bad as murder) because every action begins with a thought. Conversely, having good intentions but not acting on them is just as bad.

      • bethbyrnes says:

        And I will bet you will agree that we can remember times when we had the impulse to do something, the good and right thing, and didn’t for some reason. I remember those things to this very day and have such regrets and pangs!

      • verawrites says:

        Ditto! That’s why I try to do right, now… Many people have said, and I agree, we regret the things we DON’T do not the ones we do 🙂

  2. hhh4u says:

    I wouldn’t have found this inspiring post had it not been for you, Vera. Thank you for passing hope and God’s love along.

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