Not doing one thing so that we can do the better thing is living with intention.
For many years, I had my hands in various little projects while interacting with a lot of people on the surface level to the point that real growth and purposeful community were difficult to determine. I was a hamster at the wheel of life.
I said “Yes” when I should have said “No” or “Let me think about that, and I’ll get back with you.” My problem was that I didn’t know what my life was about. I just took everything as it came like leaves in the wind and grabbed whatever landed in my lap. Sometimes this worked for me, but not always. I have learned that living with intention allows me to wisely invest in people, projects, and plans with purpose. Maybe you are at a place like where I was spinning your wheels in a million different directions. Give yourself permission to let go of excess and embrace your personal purpose. Seek to live intentionally.
Here are three simple ways to live with intention wherever you are right now:
- Create a Personal Vision Statement. In 1-2 sentences, define who you are, what you are about, and where you want to go. My personal vision statement is: “My life’s sole purpose and aim is to glorify God in all that I do, imitating Him, and influencing others to do the same.” It’s simple, not very detailed or specific, but it gives an overall sense of what I want my life to be about. My vision statement is inspired by Ephesians 5. You can select a Scripture verse or quote to inspire your vision statement as well if you like.
- Know your people. Who are the ones you are to intentionally invest in? Family, close friends, those you mentor, your home group, neighbors, etc. Give your time to people you intend to share life with, not meet up only here and there with from time to time.
- Invest your life in what matters to you. Once you know your personal vision and who you want to invest your life in, then you give yourself to the people and the purpose that make up your life. You do not need to feel guilty if someone else is carrying on a vision different than your own as if you are doing something wrong. They have their purpose, and you have yours. We do not need to take on an endless amount of projects to feel fulfilled. When we commit ourselves only to the people and purpose that make up our life then we are living with intention faithfully unto God.
Focusing my heart on what matters to me allows me to live with freedom. I don’t have to be territorial or possessive. I don’t have to be involved in everyone’s business. I don’t have to be busy. Well, I am still busy, but only with the people and projects that matter to me. I hope and pray that you find yourselves walking in freedom today. Take time to reflect, journal, and dream of what matters to you and how you may carry out your personal vision. It doesn’t have to be a grand plan. You matter to God, so your story matters no matter how small you may think your story is. And it isn’t. Don’t let others write your story for you. Your life is yours to live in the way the Lord leads you to live it, so live it with intention!