It Doesn’t Count

This person told me a story of seeing an item in a store that reminded them of me.  They looked at it and said how they thought about buying it but then talked themselves out of it.  Their final statement was, “It’s the thought that counts.”

I have heard that expression since I was a child.  Someone had a good idea and then didn’t follow through, and they say, “Well, it’s the thought that counts.”

Today I want to lay alongside that another phrase: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 

Having good thoughts and intentions does not count for anything.  Just because you thought about doing something good, you do not get any credit for it. Likewise, feeling like you need to do something good and then not acting is worthless.  Your good intentions, positive thoughts, and feelings of “someone should do something” are of no help.

What counts are words like; Service, Love, Do, Give, Help, Share, and Action.  These are the words that count for something.

Saying to someone, “It’s the thought that counts,” might make us feel better in the moment.  Unfortunately, it is a lie, and it is an easy way to fool ourselves into thinking we are living the Christian life when we are walking a different road. 

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