The other day I was reading Proverbs (something which I do far too infrequently) and read this verse:
"All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit" - 16:2
It had me thinking of how we make our plans and think what we're doing is wise when in fact, our motivations are seldom (if ever) good.
For most of us we believe what we are doing is good or we would not do it, but only the Lord can know, weigh, and judge our spirit. To know where our hearts truly are.
Then later, in verse 7 it says, "When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes his enemies to be at peace with him."
Outside of a time of war this may seem insignificant, but what it says is that a man's ways CAN please the Lord. So at least occasionally man can do something out of good intention. Probably not without the help of the Lord but nonetheless, I found this to be an encouragement.