The older I get the more aware I am of the passing moments of life. It seems like the younger you are the easier it is to put things off by saying, “I will do it tomorrow”. We forget that with each passing day time slips through our fingers. It is so vital to remember that we only have a limited supply of tomorrows, and we don’t know when they will run out. The good intentions that we have will remain undone if we don’t begin to make an effort to accomplish them right now.
We all have dreams, goals, and passions that we would like to experience. Maybe you want to start improving the relationship you have with an estranged brother/sister or maybe to start pursuing a romantic relationship. Perhaps you want to write a book or go back to college. Maybe you want to change careers or start your own business. Perhaps you want to serve God in a new capacity or go on some type of missions trip. We will not accomplish our good intentions until we put forth effort to make them a reality.
Tomorrow will not be any less busy than today. We can be certain that tomorrow will bring with it a new set of troubles and expectations. The only way to achieve the good we wish to accomplish today is to start taking the steps we need to do in order to accomplish our dreams and goals. Sooner or later we will realize that tomorrow will not come and the chances we had in the past are now forever lost.
The big problem I face in this process is the lure of entertainment. It is so easy to get sucked into watching that next TV show or to watch the latest movie releases so we can have something to talk about with our friends and family.
The hours spent watching TV shows, movies, playing video games, and surfing the net are hours that we could have spent doing something productive. When we allow entertainment to consume our lives we prevent ourselves from using God’s blessings to their fullest potential.
I am not saying the entertainment is evil, but I am saying that when we allow the entertainment industry to become the focus of our lives we waste the time, money, and talents God has given to us. We have to realize that one of the victims of our over indulgence of entertainment are the good intentions of our lives. Lost are the relationships we want to cultivate, the projects we want to complete, and the people we want to help.
In the book of Hebrews we read:
Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near (Hebrews 10:23-25; NLT).
There are two points I would like to draw from this passage in Hebrews.
- We are to encourage each other to outbursts of love and good deeds. When we have the encouragement of other people it becomes easier to accomplish the hard tasks of life. If we do not have people in our corner urging us on is so easy just to be swept along by the current of everyday demands. Encouragement is needed if we are going to make good on the intentions that we have. There is is a flip side to encouragement. If we expect to be encouraged then it is very important that we offer encouragement. We cannot expect from others what we are not willing to give. I believe that as we get involved in the lives of other people we will find ourselves being more intentional with the way we use our time.
- The reason why this encouragement is important is because the day of his coming back is drawing near. Jesus never gave us a blue print by which we are to map His return. That doesn’t mean that Jesus isn’t coming back, but it does mean that we can’t predict when He will return. Even if Jesus doesn’t come back in our lifetime (though I have a belief in my heart that He will) we still face the reality that with each passing day our death becomes more of a reality. We can only put things off for so long before time and death catches up to us. Then it will not matter what our good intentions were because they will remain intentions.
We can intend to do good all we want, but if we never start to work toward accomplishing that good then nothing has changed. Unlike in gift giving it is not the thought that counts. It comes down to whether or not we will use what God has given us to accomplish the good works that He has called us to do.
Questions to Consider:
- Have you faced the reality of time slipping through your fingers?
- What obstacle doe you face in trying to accomplish your good intentions?
- What are you doing to accomplish the good you want to do?