Thought for the Week

Timothy D. Stein, MFT, CSAT
May 21, 2018

Only God can judge me by my intent.  Everyone else has to judge me by my actions.

How many times have you said “But I didn’t mean for you to get hurt.  You have to believe me.”  No matter how genuine our intent or how fervently we express our intent, that does not change the outcome or the impact on others.  With consistent, trustworthy behavior over time, perhaps those close to us may one day trust our statement of intent.  Until then, they can only judge us by our actions.

When have I hurt people without intending to?  Do I accept their pain and fear or attempt to manipulate them into accepting my intent as reality?  What gifts await me as I focus on my actions and accept that I will be judged on my actions?