Here we are coming to end of January and many of us find our New Year’s resolutions in tatters.  Unfortunately, all that does is to increase our sense of shame and failure.

I remember back in grade school hearing the maxim, “Hell is paved with good intentions.”  What a horrible thing to lay on a kid! It made me feel even more of a failure.

Intentions are not enough. It doesn’t matter how much you might want or hunger for something. Just your hunger or your desire or your intention is not going to get it for you.

I’m reminded of Yoda in star Wars when teaching young Luke Skywalker. “Try,” he said, “there is no try. You either do or do not.” At first I felt that was very harsh, kind of like the “good intentions” maxim above. Then I had a friend demonstrate it for me. He threw a pen on the floor and said, “Now try and pick that up.” I reached over and picked it up. He said, “No, I said try to pick it up.” I got it, I could try all day but the pen would still be on the floor.


Achieving a goal requires both intention and action. “Not all who say ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of my Father.” For Christ In Training we need to set our intention, prayerfully, plan our actions with guidance, and open ourselves to the power and grace of the infinite.

What is it that I am desiring and praying for? What would it be like to have it?  What is my prayer, my openness to the Source? What are the actions I need to take to fulfill this goal? Can I let go of how I think it is supposed to happen?



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