02 May, 2007

Intentionally Intentional

Last week we had an awesome Discipleship Conference at our church. On Wednesday night, our Senior Pastor Jeff Adams was talking about the importance of being intentional in our making of disciples of Jesus Christ. I really like that word, intentional, and it got me thinking about how it applies in all areas of our relationship with the Lord.

intentional - characterized by conscious design or purpose

Here is short list of things that came to mind that I need to be intentional about (not exhaustive)
  • Spending quality time in the Word of God
  • Spending quality time in prayer with God
  • Sharing with others what God has shared with me
  • Time to really talk with my wife
  • Time to play with my girls
  • Telling the people I love that I love them
  • Being the kind of friend to others that I want them to be to me
In our busy lifestyles it isn't enough to just hope things will end up happening on their own. We must be intentional about the things that matter. One of my favorite quotes is, "There is always time for what is important". The question we all have to answer for ourselves is, "What is important?" Our "list" of priorities will determine how we spend our time, because we are almost always intentional about the things at the top of that list.

Far too often one of the top 5 on my unwritten list of priorities is: self. Wouldn't it be great if we could permanently kick self to the bottom of the list, or remove it altogether?

What do you make a priority to be intentional about?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is a old Jedi proverb that states "Your focus determines your reality". While God is real and Jedis are not, the proverb still holds as truth.

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