Day 4 – Intention requires actions Kelly Householder NOTAM: 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25 (MSG) You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. How often has someone told you, as a pilot: “I always wanted to be a pilot. I even took a few hours of lessons, but I ran out of time and money,”? While the reasoning can’t be doubted, you may ask yourself, “Does the person really want to be a pilot, or did s/he find other priorities?” It’s probably the latter. Sacrificing the time to earn a pilot’s license takes determination, but at the core is intentionality. Each step of the learning process requires intense intention. However, even intention doesn’t lead to a license. A determined person intentionally acts. There must be action. Today’s topic reminds me of a question: If there are ten geese and five geese decide to fly away, how many are left? The answer is 10. Simply deciding to do something isn’t enough. It’s the equivalent of the person having the intent to learn to fly, deciding to take the initial steps, even clocking a few hours in the left seat, but failing to finish the process. Our walk with God requires the same steps: dedication, an ongoing intent, and action to read the Word, pray and be a reflection of Christ’s love in our lives. 5-T’s: How are using your resources to intentionally act on 1 Corinthians 9:24-25? Time: Talent: Treasure: Testimony: Tithe: NAV LOG: What areas of your spiritual walk have great intent, but need some added time (action) in the left seat? What is one thing you can do today to take action in this area? PIREP (Prayer Time): Lord, help me remember I tend to judge myself based on my intent, but it’s really my actions that matter most. I’m dedicated, intent and act daily to follow your Word.