I have a confession and an apology to make. Those of you with birthdays in the month of March have not received my traditional birthday cards. There haven’t been that many...so maybe that’s why I thought I’d wait and do them “later.”
Most of the time I try to do them during the last week of the month before (when we have singing on Sunday night, so I only have one sermon to prepare).
But I’ve been so busy lately that, well, I just haven’t gotten around to doing them. Then, when I check the calendar, I realize I’ve missed another couple of birthdays. So I think to myself, “OK, you need to at least get the ones for next week done,” and before I know it, I’ve (not) done it again!
I’m hoping to get them done for the last week in March (but it may be easier to come up with excuses as to why I didn’t get them done). For those of you I missed (be in the past and/or in the future), I sincerely apologize.
How often are our good intentions matched by our inability to follow through with those intentions? We want to do something nice for someone...but other things always pile up and get in the way.
The cards I send out are small things...but they are good things. Several people have told me that it was the first time any preacher sent them a birthday card.
The simple truth is that I let other things (good and some not as good) keep me from following through with my good intentions.
When Paul was urging the Corinthians to give generously, he notes that they had good intentions. In 2 Corinthians 8:11 he writes, “So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.”
Even though he is writing about a financial gift they had eagerly promised, I think it can be applied to all of our good intentions: our intentions should be matched by our completion of those intentions.
I think I’ll start working on some cards now!