Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing. (Thomas Troward, 19th-20th century English author)

Troward goes on to say, “And this [sincere intention] will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.” But, are “sincere intentions” enough? The old proverb says, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We should persist with our good objectives but adjust them as needed and plan to cope with reality.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 15:22; 16:3)