Have you ever had the “good intention” to call a friend you have been thinking about, meet someone for lunch, or take a meal to a family going through something? Have you found yourself rushing to complete your own to do list that those good intentions become just that, an intention rather than an act? Have you been on the receiving end of a needed phone call, a lunch date or just a shoulder to cry on??
For me, I find that I am consistently attempting to get my kids here and there, getting my work done, take care of the house, get this, do that..and all the while in my mind is a friend or even someone I barely know but I know they are struggling or celebrating something in their life right now. I always think I need to call this person or send a card but a day goes by or a week, maybe a month and that thought only remained a thought.
Why do we do that, why do we not stop to simply make a five-minute phone call or meet up with someone for lunch? Thinking of someone is GREAT, wanting to touch base with them or help in any way is Fantastic. So my challenge to myself and to all my friends this week, Make your Good Intentions Intentional. There really are enough hours in the day to accomplish what needs to be done. After all, God did decide the amount of daylight, I think he probably got that right too 🙂
I love what Romans 12 says about serving others. Have a good week my friends. I hope to be chatting with you soon, meeting you for lunch or simply getting to together to have some fun and celebrate life together.
Romans 12:7-17 (New Living Translation)
7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 13 When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. 14 If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.