As I was reflecting and reading comments on my post from last week (you can read it here), I began to wonder how I would define intentional living. When I approach a topic like this, I usually use the what, how, why approach.
What is it?
How do you execute?
Why should you care or implement this lifestyle?
After a few days meditating and journaling about intentional living, this is what I came up with.
The What and How
What is intentional living? How does this look daily?
- Being a woman that works daily at being proactive instead of reactive.
- Not being nonchalant, or lax about thoughts, decisions, words or actions.
- Having a heart for God and his purpose.
- Embracing my quirky sunshiney personality and accepting the things I am unable to change in my current season in life.
- Making courageous and deliberate decisions about the things that can change.
- Not being self-absorbed.
- Championing women and encouraging them in their gifts and talents.
After writing this out and meditating on the essence of what is says, I was a bit overwhelmed.
Intentional living takes work!
Commitment to this work WINS because my desire is to glorify God as the person He created me to be.
It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Ephesians 1:11 MSG
As I think through it there are benefits to living intentionally.
Why should I live intentionally?
- Confidence and Self-Respect
- Identifying and connecting with personal possibilities things change. Self-worth blooms as the realization of our control over decisions, not family, friends or circumstances.
- Focus and Direction
- I am a high energy and scattered type of person. Once I acknowledge the positive aspects of my personality, I was able to utilize it for my benefit.
“My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.” Robert Browning
- Focus on God’s Idea for Me, Not Other Peoples
- Discovering and accepting Gods plans for us, frees us from living the life someone else wants for us. I am a people pleaser at heart. I want everyone to be happy. I can let go of that part of my personality when I weigh people’s expectations against Gods. I want God always to win. He is always first.
- Avoid Burnout
- When we try to please other people, we will struggle to hit the ever moving target. With God, he is faithful to reveal his expectations for us in his perfect timing.
In the end I feel I have a good grasp on my what, how and why of living intentionally.
How do you define living intentionally? How does that look in your daily life?