As I grow older the more aware I am of the passing moments of life. The younger you are the easier it is to put things off by saying, “I will do it tomorrow”.
With each passing day time slips through our fingers. We have 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 today. Intentions only become accomplishments through action.
We all have dreams, goals, and passions that we would like to accomplish. Maybe you want to improve the relationship you have with a distant brother/sister or maybe you want to start a romantic relationship with a long time crush. 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 any of it unless we put forth the effort to accomplish them.
Tomorrow will not be any less busy than today is. 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 dive into the task. Sooner or later we will realize that tomorrow will not come and the opportunities we had in the past are lost forever.
The big problem I face in accomplishing my good intentions is the lure of entertainment. It is so easy to get sucked into watching all that “can’t miss television”. With Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube it is easier than ever before to stay up on the latest movies and shows.
The hours spent watching TV shows, movies, playing video games, and surfing the net are hours that we could have spent doing something productive. Entertainment keeps us from using the blessings God has given us when we allow it to consume our lives.
I am not saying the entertainment is evil, what I am saying is that when we allow the entertainment industry to consume us we waste the time, money, and talents God has blessed us with. We have to realize that one of the victims of our devotion to entertainment are the good intentions of our lives. Lost are the opportunities to cultivate relationships, to complete various projects, and to help people who are in need.
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.” It so much easier to accomplish our good intentions if we have people in our lives encouraging us to do the right thing. It is easier to accomplish difficult tasks if we have people walking alongside of us encouraging us on. Encouragement is vital if we are going use our time productively and accomplish our good intentions.
- We need to remember “that the day of his coming back is drawing near.” We have only been given a limited amount of time. God didn’t give us a timeline for Jesus’ return. It could be tomorrow or it could be in a thousand years. Whenever it happens the reality is that you and I are not guaranteed tomorrow. Our lives might be drastically changed by an accident or illness. It is even possible for our lives to end in the blink of an eye. Since time is a limited commodity we should use it wisely.
We can intend to do good all we want, but if we never start to work toward accomplishing our good intentions then they will never become accomplishments. Unlike gift giving it is not the thought that counts when it comes to our intentions. What matters is 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:
- What are you doing to accomplish the good you want to do?
- Why is it so important to act on our good intentions?
- How have you experienced the encouragement of another person in accomplishing a difficult task?