As I grow older the more aware I am of the passing moments of life. When we are younger it is easier to put things off by saying, “I will do it tomorrow”. With each passing day time slips through our fingers.
We need to remember that we only have a limited supply of tomorrows. Not only is the supply limited, but we also don't know the total number of tomorrows that we have. The good intentions that we have will remain undone if we don't begin begin to make an effort to accomplish them today.
We all have dreams, goals, and passions that we would like to accomplish.
Maybe you want to start improving the relationship you have with a distant brother/sister or maybe you want to rekindle the romance in your marriage. 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. You will not accomplish any of it unless you put forth the effort to accomplish your goals.
Remember, tomorrow will not be any less busy than today is. I can guarantee that tomorrow will bring with it a new set of responsibilities, expectations, and troubles. Life will rarely get easier.
The only way we can accomplish our good intentions is to start taking the steps right now to accomplish them. We do not want to arrive at the place when we realize that tomorrow will not come and the chances we had to accomplish our dreams are lost forever.
In this season of life it seems like the responsibilities of life conspire against me to prevent me from doing what I have been called to do. There are always household chores to do and a job to work, and there seems to be precious little time to read, study, and write.
In my younger days entertainment stole my time. The hours spent watching TV shows, movies, playing video games, and surfing the net are hours that I could have spent doing something productive. Instead I spent my time on things that would not last.
Entertainment often prevents us from being a blessing to the people around us. I am not saying that entertainment is evil, but I am saying that too often we allow the entertainment industry to waste the time, money, and talents God has given us so we can bless others. We have to realize that one of the victims of our over indulgence of entertainment, as well as the other distractions of our lives, are the good intentions of our hearts. Lost are the relationships we wanted to cultivate, the projects we wanted to complete, and the people we wanted to help.
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 much easier to accomplish our good intentions when we have other people encouraging us. They remind us what is important, encourage us when we want to quit, and provide helping hands when the task is too difficult. If we do not have people in our corner urging us on it is easy to lose focus and be swept away by the current of life. We need to remember that if we expect encouragement, then it is important that we offer encouragement to others. 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.
- We need to remember “that the day of his coming back is drawing near”. Jesus never gave us a blue print by which we are to map His return. The “signs” that so many point to are so general that they can apply to almost any age, and as we look at history we will notice that they have been. 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 have the fact 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 simply remained intentions.
We can intend to do good all we want, but if we never start to work toward accomplishing that good then they won't be accomplished. Unlike in gift giving it is not the thought that counts when it comes to doing what God has called us to do. It comes down to whether or not we will use what God has given us to accomplish the good works that He has prepared us to do.
What are you doing to accomplish the good intentions God has put on your heart?