Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Well Intentioned

"We judge ourselves
based on our motives
while others judge us
based on our actions."
-Dan Gabor

Sometimes there is a great disconnect from our motives to our actions.
We can be so well intentioned, and still come across hurtful or offensive.
If you've ever been on an overseas mission trip,
you'll know what I mean by that.

Or have you ever been in charge of an
event/lesson plan/etc that completely flopped?
Then you also know what I mean.

Or how about in your home or your marriage?
(Did you just get a knot in your tummy too?)

I know that I can be the most well intentioned person at times,
wanting to fix habits, speak encouragement, clean/tidy that one room, get the to-do list finally done, or go out of my way to do something nice for my spouse...
....but then excuses come and I make other priorities.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
-Proverbs 21:2

Where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.
-Matthew 6:21

Yes, the Lord weighs the heart and sees our intentions and motives.
In doing so, He also sees our priorities and where we place our treasure.

Sometimes, having the right motivations can be good enough.
Sometimes, we need to have the follow through as well.

And there is grace for when we don't meet our standards.
There is also grace for when we don't meet God's standards - which is a much more important goal. But let's remember that the disconnect from our words/intentions to our actions/follow through does have an impact on others.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.:.

This post is linked up to TimeWarp Wife's Titus 2sday Link up!

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