The church my boys and I attended had a sermon series a few months ago about Killing Giants Before They Kill You. Within the series, I found one that hit really close to home. It was the giant of good intentions. Now, I will be the first to admit when I try to do something positive it comes out negative. I will also be the first to admit when I feel in my heart I am right about a situation I will not hesitate to back down. We all have good intentions, some intentions fail while other exceed our highest expectation. Yet we still continue to live our life like we are benefiting from helping others. As in “I thought that was a good idea too (insert good intentions here)”. So when I heard the sermon The Giant of Good Intentions for the first time I immediately thought oh my stars Pastor Tim is talking directly to me. Of course, there were like 100 more people in the room but I felt like that Sunday God was showing me the steps I need to take. Giving myself not only insight into my direction but the guidance I need to overcome this giant. Here we are a few months later and as I was cleaning out my car I found the notes I took that very day. Reading;
- Don’t assume good intentions make you untouchable
- When it comes to obedience, sweat the small stuff
- GET CAUGHT UP IN GOD’S BIGGER STORY
Apparently, I needed a little reminder of the sermon these days because I am in a sticky situation right now. I have gone above and beyond for someone for a couple of years and so far my intentions have only backfired. People move on and they try to see the positive in every situation..right? NOPE! Not when it comes to my problem, seeing it has only gotten worse. Rereading my notes as well as going back and listening to the Paster talk about good intentions only lead me to reevaluate the outcome of the last few “good intentions” I had. Well here goes nothing…
- I participated in being smithboy#1 soccer coach with my husband’s ex and at the time I thought hey this would be great co-parenting for us! (feeling untouchable)
- I put in all the effort when the others didn’t and I was still receiving the short end of the stick. (not sweating the small stuff)
Lastly, I was so caught up in the direction I wanted to go yet I wasn’t fully thinking of Gods intentions and his story for me. How in life everything happens for a reason, and its all based on God plan for us. We might at times don’t see it or even want to acknowledge it but the plan is there. The Lord is there waiting for us. To help us pick up the missing pieces of our life. After all, he doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but to have faith in him. Because without faith were would we be?