It is said, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I do suspect sins of omission are a significant component of said road. We often have very noble intentions that we just never seem to accomplish. Time passes, passion for our goals slowly abates, and we forget until something jogs our memory.
For some, however, the norm is defeated. For the few, good intentions become entries of exemplary progress on their journal of life. Why so few successes? Why does the cycle of business-as-usual so often go unbroken? What characterizes the exceptions to the rule?
As acknowledged, sometimes, the whole lackluster trend of well-intended-neglect finds an exception. Every now and again people rise up to do truly extraordinary deeds (Neh. 2:18-20; 4:6). On occasion, a world slumbering in its cynicism gets a good case of the cold shivers as they see greatness. Once in a while, the unnoticed ho hum of normality actually changes into a cannot-be-missed wonderment (Acts 17:6).
How can we be part of exceptional happenings? First, as we take time to reflect on the many good things we might pursue, let us recall God’s remembrances of our needs and offer gracious thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great motivation for godly, personal expressions of service.
Second, as we purpose to do good things that will bring praise to God, remember not to let good or better hinder us from accomplishing what is best. To be so hindered would be to squander an opportunity to achieve “exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). Great goals sought with God’s great power to bless our efforts can excite and motivate us to consistently move forward.
God has placed wonderful potential in our hands. The good things we purpose may well become amazing, awe inspiring blessings for our good God. There is only one way to find out. In a world of unrealized intentions leading to a cycle of repeated disappointments, will the cycle be unbroken?