Intentions and Actions

2 Corinthians 8:11   (KJV)   11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

There ought to be completion of intentions. People’s desire to do something good, helping provide other people’s needs, being a blessing in any and every way – all these ought to be coupled with corresponding actions. Good intention is better than  bad intention or no intention. Having actions but with bad intentions is a mess. Good intentions, plus good actions – that’s more like  it.

Good intentions are good but they’re not enough. They’re a good start, but it has to move forward. Good intentions won’t accomplish anything. Dreams have been wasted because they never took steps beyond willingness. How many lives would have been better, how many more beautiful songs would have been written; how many more sicknesses would have been cured; how many wars would have been avoided; how many families would have been thriving; how many countries would be at peace; how many more souls would have been saved if intentions first and foremost were sincere, and if those intentions were followed by the necessary steps to make those intentions a reality?

Dear God, we praise You for working in us both to will and do those things that please You. Help us to work out those godly promptings that we may serve You, Your kingdom, Your people, and Your creation more efficiently, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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