I have heard an interesting and challenging word over the past few months. It has been used as a descriptive word of someone’s character or personality. It also has been a word to challenge someone to reach for their full potential and be an enhancement to life. The word is ‘intentional.’ I heard this word at a wedding where the couple was described as both being intentional with their love toward each other and in life. “I am going to be more intentional this year,” was the challenge I heard as someone was telling me one of their life goals. I also heard it of it from an employer looking for someone for their company who held the trait of intentionality.
At first, it would seem that this trait of being intentional should be a given. Couples are supposed to be deliberate in their love for each other. Employees are to be conscious of the tasks required of them and work with intent to complete those tasks. Going to school with the purpose of completing a degree, parenting with the purpose of raising kids to be responsible/purposeful people, and having plans we willfully seek to accomplish in life seems natural. Yet, all too often we can find ourselves just drifting, responding more to the currents of life than purposefully swimming toward a goal. We get caught up in the stresses of life and just exist rather than achieve life goals and life purposes.
Now sure, settling in for a time, floating down that lazy river is great, and sometimes needed, but so is a life of intentionality. There are amazing and phenomenal opportunities and experiences waiting for those who intentionally go after them. People learn to play the guitar, run a marathon, speak a new language, start a new business, have a new relationship, love deeper, run faster, and even lose weight, all by being intentional. Intentionality is good thing.
God is intentional! God was intentional in creating us, knitting us together in our mother’s womb as Psalm 139 says.
Psalm 139:13-14 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
We are not a mistake or accident or unimportant. God intentionally created you, and you not only have value, but a purpose.
God is intentional in loving us. The whole Bible speaks of His great love.
Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
God’s ‘steadfast love’ is a loyal, intentional love (see Romans 8:35-39). We are not abandoned or orphaned. We have a God who is present and would love for us to be intentional with knowing and relating to Him.
God was intentional in saving us from sin as 1 John 4:7-8 says. We are not a lost cause, but saved so we can live intentionally, with purpose. As well, God is intentional in guiding us if we trust in Him as Proverbs 3:5-7 says. So we are not stranded in life, left to wander.
So let’s be intentional with life. Let’s make things happen and be purposeful. Let’s be intentional in knowing God, soaking in His love, and discovering the purpose He created us for. Let’s also be intentional in being kind, seeking to bring out the best in others, laughing, smiling, participating, volunteering, giving people the benefit of the doubt, helping, being inquisitive, being curious, and seeking hope instead of fear. Let’s be intentional.
Another intentional move would be to attend church. Church is a great place to be deliberate in knowing God. If you do not have a church you regularly attend, let us be intentional and invite you to our church. Our website has information about our various campuses and online sermons: www.cypresschurch.net . We would love to connect with you.
Seeking to be intentional along with you,