The In’s and Out’s of Choice
Choice consists of two parts; inner and outer. The inner part is intention and the outer part is action.
Intention is about why you take an action. Intention is the non-physical component of choice. Intention can be defined with words like mission, purpose, and reason.
Action is about what you want to do, where you want to do it, and when you want to do it. Action is the physical component of choice. Action can be defined with words like behavior, conduct, and deed.
Let’s take a look at how one action can have different intentions. You might choose to be a Doctor to heal people or to get a high paying job. You might choose to give to a charity to feed people or to get an income tax deduction.
Luke 6:45 The good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart. And the evil man brings forth evil out of the evil treasure of his heart, for his mouth speaks out of the abundance of his heart.
A person’s intention, for any action, is based on the treasures of their heart. Intention is all about the value a person imbues into an action.
Is it possible for any action to have either good or evil intentions behind it?
Can a person have a good intention behind an action toward another and can the other perceive the action as evil?
What about taking an action without deliberately choosing an intention? After doing this myself many times, I hear myself say “I had no idea that would happen.” When you don’t deliberately choose an intention anything can happen. You take a rash action based on a rash intention which your subconscious mind chose based on your emotions at the moment. Sounds like a really poor recipe for success.
Taking an action without deliberately choosing an intention is like giving an accident an opportunity to happen. Distracted driving is the most common cause of road accidents in the United States, resulting in more crashes every year than speeding, drunk driving, and other major accident causes. If the distracted drivers had the intention of driving carefully fully aware of their surroundings, their rate of accidents would be greatly reduced.