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Intent

Discussion in 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder' started by marcb, Dec 16, 2007.

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  1. marcb

    marcb Regular Member

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    So, I was running today and feeling God's blessing upon me. I ran by the beach and it was beautiful. I just wanted to bless everyone around me. Runners and cyclers often tend to great eachother in passing with just a wave, gesture, etc. I was on a long, narrow stretch of trail and I passed a cyclist going the other way. As I passed, I attempted to greet him with a slight wave of the hand. It was the hand that held my water bottle and as I attempted to wave, the bottle began to slip. As I gripped the bottle tighter while waving at this guy, the only greeting he got was my middle finger!

    My intent was to wave at him, but unfortunately he got the bird. He didn't come back and ask me why I flipped him off, and I'm convinced he didn't take it that way.

    Why? Because in context, he knew my intent was a greeting. This may be a silly analogy, but don't you think that God knows our intents all the more and would certainly pardon things or thoughts that could be perceived as malicious despite the way things appear?
     
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    PARCmd Regular Member

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    This really makes sense :) Hope it can help other people recover from OCD too. Im starting to have lessened OCD symptoms (thanks to God and the people here) and it could disappear within a few days or so (I have residual OCD so it disappears after a few weeks). :)

    What really bothers me now are the Mental Compulsions ad the sudden thought that may be I had wanted to renounce God.. Nevertheless, I had a relatively better day now, thanks to your "Let go and Let God" phrase..:)
     
  3. Bianca01

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    I had to laugh a little bit at your story. I'm not laughing at you. So often, I wonder if someone took something I said or did the wrong way. True, God does know our intent. That's a great story!
     
  4. marcb

    marcb Regular Member

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    Thanks, Bianca,

    Please laugh! It's good for us to laugh!
     
  5. shadowrain777

    shadowrain777 New Member

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    Haha. I love this story, and I think it's a great analogy.
     
  6. gracealone

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    HI Marc,
    Great analogy. Thanks for that. My husband is a blurter and sometimes things will pop out of his mouth in such a way that if people didn't know him better they could be very mad at him. But those who know him well never get angry at him because they know he means well.
    Intent is always prior to content.
    Mitzi
     
  7. QUannie

    QUannie Regular Member

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    ROFL!!!!
    That is hilarous....something like that could only happen to someone with OCD!! LOL
    I wonder if God was laughing!

    Q
     
  8. stacii

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    I love this story Marc. You have a gift for using very tangible stories to illustrate our relationship with God.
     
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