Thursday, October 2, 2014

Living an Intentional Life.


If you read my blog on a regular basis, you've probably noticed that- well, there is nothing "regular" about it. I may go a week straight with daily blogs on all sorts of things and then- silence for months. While I love to write, it simply is not a priority in my life, and therefore, looks very inconsistent. But let me assure you, it is not for the lack of desire or commitment, but rather, just the result of living a life with purpose; being intentional about everyday choices.

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I'd love to say I've always been intentional about even the smallest of choices, but if I did, I'd be lying. It's not that the concept was foreign to me, I just never really had to. You see, prior to moving to Oklahoma, our family was blessed to be in a safety bubble of familiarity, tradition and consistency. Our daily activities may have fluctuated a bit, but the overall "theme" and justification for most of our decisions fell into the "that's just what you do" category. For instance, if our church was going to have a new Bible study, there was no prayerful consideration on if we should go or not, we just did, because "that's what you do" when you are involved in a church. If our family was going to get together for a barbecue, there was no decision to be made, we would just go because "that's what you do" with family. Now, don't get me wrong, they weren't bad or wrong decisions, they were merely decisions that were made time and time again without any thought as to the purpose behind them. We were turning into habitual people rather than intentional people.

Moving away from our family and friends was not the easiest decision, but there was purpose behind that leaving, aside from the job that brought us here. With the isolation that came from being in an unfamiliar place, came a season of stretching, growing and opportunity to be intentional with our lives and choices. It has not been easy, but we have been able to take a step back and really redirect our focus on God's will for our lives and how to live intentionally to fulfill that purpose. And I have to say, it has been so rewarding.  I have never felt so much joy and fullness of life.

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I just want to bottle up what I feel inside and send it to you. If I could put it in a latte and send it your way, I would. But I can't. I can't even tell you how you should change your life or be more intentional about your decisions in order to obtain that peace. But what I can tell you is that a good place to start would be to ask yourself..


What is the purpose of this decision? 

What is the purpose of my life?

Is what I'm doing fulfilling that purpose?

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Just remember... Be intentional.

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Matthew 28:18-20
Acts 1:8