Intention is a big deal.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” That another translation of the same sentence.
The Jedi version was, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” So said Master Yoda.
So also said William Law. He wrote a book called “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life”–quickly seen to be a book about intention. His version of Yoda’s thought goes like this…
“It was this… intention that made the primitive Christians such eminent instances of piety, that made the goodly fellowship of the Saints and all the glorious army of martyrs and confessors. And it you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.”
I won’t bother debating how today’s “average believer” compares with that of another time and place. I simply want to highlight that whatever we become… it will be because we intended to become just that.
That’s the power of intention.