Jesus Christ, is the ultimate example of real intent. He sought to do His Father’s will and dedicated His life in doing so. SUPPLIED/23092135
There is a principle of ‘real intent’ that reflects on who we are and why we do things. Doing things with real intent is about giving your all and showing true commitment. If applied in our relationships, whether it be with family, at work, or with God, using real intent will bless our lives, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
want to share the Parable of the Oranges, a story shared in a 2015 devotional
by brother Randall L. Ridd that was later printed in 2016 in Forbes magazine.
story demonstrates the principle of real intent.
was a young man who had ambitions to work for a company because it paid very
well and was very prestigious. He prepared his résumé and had several
interviews. Eventually, he was given an entry-level position. Then he turned
his ambition to his next goal – a supervisor position that would afford him
even greater prestige and more pay. So he completed the tasks he was given. He
came in early some mornings and stayed late so the boss would see him putting
in long hours.
five years a supervisor position became available. But, to the young man’s great dismay, another
employee, who had only worked for the company for six months, was given the
promotion. The young man was very angry, and he went to his boss and demanded
wise boss said, “Before I answer your questions,
would you do a favour for me?”
“Yes, sure,” said the employee.
“Would you go to the store and buy
some oranges? My wife needs them.”
young man agreed and went to the store. When he returned, the boss asked, “What
kind of oranges did you buy?”
“I don’t know,” the young man answered. “You just said to buy
oranges, and these are oranges. Here they are.”
“How much did they cost?” the boss
“Well, I’m not sure,” was the reply. “You gave me $30. Here is
your receipt, and here is your change.”
“Thank you,” said the boss. “Now,
please have a seat and pay careful attention.”
the boss called in the employee who had received the promotion and asked him to
do the same job. He readily agreed and went to the store.
he returned, the boss asked, “What kind of oranges did you buy?”
“Well,” he replied, “the
store had many varieties—there were navel oranges, valencia oranges, blood
oranges, tangerines, and many others, and I didn’t know which kind to buy. But
I remembered you said your wife needed the oranges, so I called her. She said
she was having a party and that she was going to make orange juice. So I asked
the grocer which of all these oranges would make the best orange juice. He said
the valencia orange was full of very sweet juice, so that’s what I bought. I dropped them by your home on my way
back to the office. Your wife was very pleased.”
“How much did they cost?” the boss
“Well, that was another problem. I
didn’t know how many to buy,
so I once again called your wife and asked her how many guests she was
expecting. She said 20. I asked the grocer how many oranges would be needed to
make juice for 20 people, and it was a lot. So, I asked the grocer if he could
give me a quantity discount, and he did. These oranges normally cost 75 cents
each, but I paid only 50 cents. Here is your change and the receipt.”
boss smiled and said, “Thank you; you may go.”
looked over at the young man who had been watching. The young man stood up,
slumped his shoulders and said, “I see what you mean,” as he walked
dejectedly out of the office.
was the difference between these two young men? They were both asked to buy
oranges, and they did. You might say that one went the extra mile, or one was
more efficient, or one paid more attention to detail. But the most important
difference had to do with real intent rather than just going through the
motions. The first young man was motivated by money, position, and prestige.
The second young man was driven by an intense desire to please his employer and
an inner commitment to be the best employee he could possibly be—and the
outcome was obvious.
does our own commitment compare to that demonstrated in the Parable of the
Oranges? Are we being too casual in our relationships with family, with work,
or with God? Do we turn our hearts and minds to the Lord only on Sundays? Are
our prayers robotic and out of habit, or are we pouring our righteous desires
and sincere gratitude in regular prayer?
Greek philosopher Socrates, regarded as the wisest man in ancient Greece, once
said “an unexamined life is not worth living”. Understanding the “why” behind
our actions helps us understand our purpose and how we can improve in our
Christ, is the ultimate example of real intent. He sought to do His Father’s
will and dedicated His life in doing so. Applying His teachings in our lives
with real intent will help us become the best versions of ourselves that we
could possibly be.
testify that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is true power and
saving grace in aligning ourselves with Christ, and doing so with real intent.