Good Intentions: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” …says Samuel Johnson. “Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.” ― T.S. Eliot . Well… I got one of my own… “All good intentions… are not good, and never intended as such.”
There are those among us who are “hell-bent” on doing evil… NEVER wanting good to come out of their actions. Our GOVERNMENT is laced with “ill-intentions.” Short…but enough to make the point. I would rather FOCUS on those few who “do good,” and whose ONLY INTENTION is GOOD.
Most people “start-out” with good intentions, and NEVER think to the contrary… but people change, circumstances change, personalities change, and environments change. There is, I believe, several COMMON DENOMINATORS in all of these “changes.” And, those are the following: Greed, Hate, Anger, Drugs, Alcohol, and POWER. Combine “all of these,” and you have “ satan in the flesh.”
Daniel Webster said: “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
Choices, regardless of intention, can result in failure, even if our intentions are good. In Luke 14:28-30, Jesus emphasizes careful decision making, while illustrating the lesson with a man’s intention to build a tower. He says, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.'”
We may have good intentions, but Jesus teaches us to count the cost before acting to accomplish our intentions. We all, at one time or another, can relate to this spiritual lesson. Who hasn’t seen good intentions derailed by poor decisions? What are your intentions? ….Blessings…cjlb…8/28/15.