Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), a French Abbot of the Cistercian Order, is thought to have coined the expression, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!" Monks and Nuns from the Cistertians sought a simpler lifestyle in 17th Century France. How easy it is with a few good intentions to start a piece of evangelism like a Christian Disco, but how hard it is to carry it through when the going gets tough. Personally, I find it a good rule to limit my plans for youth evangelism to what I feel can be uncomfortably attained! Uncomfortable, so that I'm stretched to swim but not swamped by my intentions.
I like to be self pressured by my own Christian intentions, as I am moving towards my objectives. God can sometimes prompt us to aim for the seemingly impossible on the other hand! But on the rare occasions God does, he invariably fills us with such an aggressive determination that we cannot resist. More often than not, however, he asks us to take smaller steps, stirring us with a still small whisper rather than a shattering bolt of flashing lightning. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) who became a missionary to China for over 51 years, sailed out of Liverpool harbor at the age of only 21. He later reminded a group of young missionary recruits that the only motive that will enable you to remain true according to 2 Corinthians 5.14 is, "Christ's love constraining you will keep you faithful in every situation." This is the essence of the best of Christian intentions.