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Good intentions

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Your Word for 22 July 2024

Genesis 48:21
Then he said to Joseph, ‘Look, I am about to die, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.’

do goodGood intentions do not constitute ‘doing good’. There is an old proverb that says: ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’. The meaning of this phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless can fail to actually take action.  Often our lives are filled with good intentions, but do we actually convert this good intention into something practical?  Often our good intentions can disappear like mist before the rising sun.
What is it that stops us from transforming our intentions into actions? Is it because our selfishness or self-centeredness tends to dominate in the final outcome?   Or is it simply a matter of procrastination that ends up leaving the good that we could have done, undone?
The truth is that good intentions get us nowhere, but ‘doing good’ actually makes the change and brings change that we could not have foreseen. The challenge is how do we move from good intentions to actually stepping up and doing the good we are called to do.
I find the best way to do this is that when I feel a prompting to ‘do good’ is to do it as soon as possible.  Don’t wait or hesitate.   When we wait and hesitate we seem to end up doing nothing.
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