I have a friend that always uses the word 'intentional' to describe me. I used to carry that title around with a big fat slab of pride. I used to think I was the most intentional person I knew. Until last year.
While I know my heart's desire was to live intentionally and purposefully in all that I did, I now realize my intentions weren't much beyond plans. Without action, intentions simply remain sitting before us taking shape as a desire, a plan, a hope, a focus, a dream.
I've learned a lot about myself in the last year. I've learned that I'm not really as intentional as I thought I was. I've learned that my intentions are good, and I'm exceptional at planning out an intentional day or an intentional activity... but I've also learned that one can't claim to be intentional unless the discipline is there to match. I've learned that it is through our actions that intentional living is truly displayed. Planning isn't living. Action is what births living. Intentional plans in conjunction with actions are what make an intentional life impactful. And I don't know about you, but I long for my life to be one that impacts this world for Him.
I believe that it is through intentional living that we are able to best serve those around us, best walk in the freedom of who we were created to be, and best do the work set aside for the very specific work chosen for us as individuals. Now...does intentional living always look like my Type-A personality would have it look? Certainly not for my friends who are not Type-A. Intentional living is about being grounded in Truth, pouring deeply into relationships with focus and service, giving of your gifts to the world in a way that you were designed to, caring for and training up your children in a way that only their chosen Mama was designed to do, caring for the body we have been given. It's about heart. It's about focusing the heart on whatever person, task, or role sits before you. Focused for His glory. Focused on serving others with zeal. Focused on stewarding it all with a heart tethered to the One who keeps it beating.
Over the last year I have spent some significant time building intentionality and purpose-filled moments back into my days. I've dug deep into the reasons why I want to live a life with purposeful intentions. I've dug deep into why I do what I do, and what needs to be done to get from where I am to where I desire to be, where I feel called to be. And I'm training myself not to stop at planning and dreaming, but instead to go forth with action.
Friends, I don't come to you as a girl who is perfect in this area. I don't come to you with it all figured out. But I do come to you with a heart that eagerly seeks to build a life that is both intentional and disciplined. Full of dreaming and doing. Both planning and serving. I come to you knowing why I want to live a life of intentionality eager to partner my dreams to action.
Thank you for joining me in this journey. I'm excited to link arms with you as we step forward in faith-filled pursuit.
What is one area of your life you'd like to build intentionality in, my friend? I would love to hear from you...