The thought that counts
When I was a young man, graduating from high school, the other members of my graduating class voted that I would be the most likely, of all of us, to win the Nobel prize (they did not specify which of the prizes I was to win). I even received a mock check and award. I was, and still am, greatly honored by that recognition.
After high school, I went on to college to earn two Bachelor's Degrees followed by a Master's Degree. A few years later I finished a PhD. I felt that I was at the door step of fulfilling the award I had been given long ago.
After today's announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize, I realized that I am too late to submit my name to the Nobel nomination committee. I have tried too hard and actually accomplished something. I am not hopeful anymore of ever winning that prize. It must not be the action that counts in their opinion but rather simply the thought or hope of action that matters most. Should my high school classmates have honored me with a real Nobel prize instead of a faux-prize because I said I was going to do great things?
If you are a God-fearing individual, did not James, the brother of Jesus, state "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea , a man may say, Thou hast faith and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (King James Translation, James 2:17-18). Even God knows that the desire or thought to do good things is not worth very much, He requires action.