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Uncomfortably Attained

TreadmillSaint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153 AD), a French Abbot of the Cistercian Order, is thought to have coined the expression, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!" How easy it is to start a piece of evangelism like a Christian Disco with good Christian intentions, but how hard it is to carry it through when the practical obstacles that have to be overcome appear before us. Personally, I find it a good rule to limit my plans to what I feel can be uncomfortably attained! Uncomfortable, so that I'm stretched to swim but not swamped by my intentions.

Self Pressured

I like to be self pressured by my own Christian intentions, so that I am kept going towards my objective. 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. The great missionary to China for over 51 years Hudson Taylor (1832 - 1905 AD) sailed out of Liverpool harbor at the age of only 21. He once 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.

"Good Christian Intentions"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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