Good Intentions…

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions…”

Or at least that is how the old saying goes. One of the devils favorite tactics is to convince us we can get to it tomorrow. But you want to hear a secret? Tomorrow will NEVER be today. Tomorrow will always be there but we will never quite reach it. In fact, maybe Jesus knows this fundamental human heart problem which is why he says not to worry about tomorrow. While he is speaking directly to anxiety and worry, the Bible is able to speak to a number of issues and I believe this is one. What if Jesus is telling us indirectly that we also need to focus on doing today because tomorrow will be taken care of when we get there? As Jesus also talks about in that same Sermon on the Mount,

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

-Matthew 7:13-14, NRSV

I was reading an article recently talking about Bose and Sony stereo systems. A number of years ago, Bose made a great and well thought out business plan to sell their car stereo systems. They were going to target recently graduated college students just getting into the work force to spend their first paychecks on a Bose stereo system. A great plan well thought out and seemed to be flawless. They put all their advertising efforts into this age bracket. There was only one problem they did not account for, one that no one saw coming. These same recent college graduates they were targeting had grown up surrounded by Sony since they were children with things such as the Play Station.

The result? Sony, who was not focusing their target audience as recent college grads, but rather younger children and teens outsold them by a huge margin because of the familiarity and comfort the grads had with Sony. Bose thought they had a foolproof plan, and they were not only beat, but beat by a company not even targeting them.

We are creatures of habit. We will almost always choose comfort and familiarity over flashy.

So you ask, “what does this have to do with ‘good intentions’ or faith development, etc?” When we sideline either our own faith development, or our children/teens faith development to care for it tomorrow, we are filling our hearts and minds with other things until then. We get so comfortable with our sin, however big or small, that is simply distracting us from placing God first that we end up being part of the crowd who had good intentions but never followed through.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to act. Act today.

Make a change today to start spending time with God. Make the decision today to place God first in your life. Like the cliche analogy goes, the sand can fill in the cracks around the golf balls, but the golf balls cannot fill the cracks around the sand. Place the big things in life first and then the smaller things in the side.

Or as another version of the proverb I opened with goes:

“Hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works.”

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