Direction Trumps Intentions

We often hear people voice their good intentions about changing or bettering their life.  The fact is: Good intentions alone are not good enough! For instance, if you want to lose weight, but you eat lunch every day at the International House of Pancakes, it’s just not going to happen.

The direction you choose to follow will overpower your good intentions every time. If the direction you’re traveling is an ungodly path, filled with lifestyle compromises, your good intentions will go nowhere.

If you follow dead-end directions, you will end up at a dead end. No matter how many positive thoughts you have and godly confessions you make—or how well-meaning—intentions alone won’t prevent the inevitable dead end. You must change directions in order to fulfill your good intentions.

We can spend a lot of time and energy fixing the problems we run into while we’re going in the wrong direction. But, no matter how beautifully paved the dead end road is, because it isn’t a godly path, it will still lead nowhere. And fixing the occasional pothole along the way won’t change the destination.

First, you need to repent for staying on the wrong road. Then decide to change your direction and get on a road that leads to God’s true success for your life. It isn’t that difficult to discover the right road or right direction, because you have people around you who have been traveling on that road for a long time.

The Apostle Paul said it this way in Philippians 3:17, “Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.” In other words, others have traveled on the right road, heading in the right, godly direction and you have them as examples to follow.

However, the longer you wait to change directions and go the right way, the harder it will be to do it. You hear people say, “I wish I had changed direction 20 years ago. Look at all the time I wasted traveling on a dead end road.”

Thank God for all your good intentions. But direction will trump good intentions every time. Why don’t you take the time to pull over to the side of the road and ask the Holy Spirit for direction. I believe He’ll reveal that your problems aren’t hindering your success in life. It’s your chosen path.

Why wait another minute to get on the highway to success? Do it now! Have you ever gotten lost because you made a wrong turn or took the wrong exit? You know that the longer you travel in the wrong direction, the harder and longer it takes to backtrack, find where you went wrong and get on the right road.

It’s not too late or even impossible to make a u-turn. Take the time to humbly locate where you went wrong. Next, follow the map of God’s Word and let your Holy Ghost GPS lead you off the Road of Good Intentions and on the Superhighway to Success! Good directions will always trump good intentions!

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Gaspar Anastasi

Gaspar Anastasi is apostle of Word of Life Ministries in Freeport, New York and Fort Myers, Florida. He and wife Michele established the Stop Hurting Start Healing program to help people overcome past hurts and trauma and go on to live whole, successful lives. They also air the weekly television show, "Breaking Free Living Well".

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