When Good Intentions Fail

What a week!

We met up with both boys and our daughter-in-love for a week of camp. (Not camping, our “cabin” had indoor plumbing) We all sat around talking and eating and playing games. There were many campfires, lots of shooting guns, and some pitiful fishing adventures.

After a full week of revelry, an 11-hour drive home, and more pitstops at Micky D’s than I care to admit, we arrived home late at night. Exhausted, I dumped buckets of tie-dye projects and a ton of damp, sand-filled, smoky clothes in the house and went to bed.

The next day, I was up before dawn to speak at a conference. After two packed days of speaking, I returned home only to face piles of fermenting laundry, the science projects in the fridge, and the 10,000 emails in my inbox.

Lord, have mercy!

When I go away for a time of refreshment, especially one designed to connect with God, I am often inspired to change everything that is wrong with me.

When I’m removed from the hustle and bustle and my phone, the traffic and the constant pings on my laptop, I crazily believe it’s possible to have a daily hour-long quiet time in my (as yet to be built) private prayer closet.

I’m convinced I can daily pray for everyone I know, every elected official in the  US, and all the missionaries listed in the church directory.

When I am away from wi-fi and face to face with the creation of my Creator, I fall in love with God’s Word in such a way that makes me want to memorize the entire New Testament.

But then I get home and the house is a disaster area or the deadline on a writing project is moved up or I get a call from someone who is sick and needs my attention and I have a choice.

You need an alternative plan.

I can let ALL my good intentions and grand plans go swirling down the proverbial drain or I can revise my plans. 

A more attainable goal might be to establish a quiet time every day, but give myself permission to flex the time or shorten the slot.

I probably won’t pray for everyone every day, but I can pray for some every day.

I definitely want to memorize Scripture, but perhaps a more reasonable pace would be a verse a week … or a verse a month!

Progress, not perfection

When you are inspired to make spiritual improvements on your journey to trust God and follow Jesus, do what you can and don’t worry about foiled intentions. Keep tweaking the plan.

Progress, not perfection is what God is watching for.

What is your best advice for adjusting your exceptions or modifying your intentions in a positive way? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Scripture refresher: The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10, NLT)

Prayer: Jesus, be bigger than my circumstances, my emotions, and the messy people situations that test my ability to keep my focus on you and your promise of a rich and satisfying life. Overcome my enemy and help me to love you and love others as you love them. God, everywhere I look, let me see you at work. Lead me into the life I’ve been missing. I know that you love me. I want to follow you. Amen.