intentions 2      Intentions carry weight!  All of us carry on the business of life and the busy-ness of life with intentionality.  What we intend drives us forward. What we don’t intend, as the little cartoon reminds us, also  carries weight.  William Law in his classic little book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life  observes, for instance, that men swear [even Christian men] because they have no intention of pleasing God.   Bad habits, destructive routines, and fleshly indulgences plague is because our intentions are not to please God.  Law says we must  “…judge ourselves sincerely. Let us not vainly content ourselves with the common disorders of our lives–the vanity of our expenses, the folly of our diversions, the pride of our habits, the idleness of our lives,  and the wasting of our time–fancying that these are such imperfections as we fall into through the unavoidable weakness and frailty of our nature. Rather, let us be assured that these disorders of our daily life are owing to this: that we have not so much Chrisitanity as to INTEND to please God in all the actions of our life…”

I think of the Apostle Paul’s challenge to Timothy in II Tim. 2:4 “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”   And who can forget Paul and his team’s strong resolve to only please the Lord [I Thess. 2:4] “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 

The greek word “please”  implies the idea of contentment and approval.   Should it not then be our aim that our words and actions and thoughts would not stir up the disapproval and ire of God? Rather, we would intentionally seek His smile in contentment [used loosely…for God is never discontented as if he lacked something to complete him].  When genuine love reigns in my life for my God, the idea of pleasing God is delightful not distasteful.  ‘

So…have you examined your intentions as you write your checks, head out the door for work and meet the common irritations and oppositions that attend all of us?  Do we intend to please God in our day? Do we sanctify our intentions by time alone in His word and in prayer?  THINK IT THRU