What does it mean to live intentionally? The idea intrigued me after I spent time in a Bloom Book Club group reading and discussing Jean Fleming’s thought-provoking book, Pursue the Intentional Life.
I tend to try to do too many things all at the same time. My to-do list always contains more items than there any one day can hold. While I can concentrate on one thing for long periods of time, I also can flit from one thing to the next, leaving nothing but chaos in my wake. I rarely feel like I can look back at a day and be satisfied with it because my to-do list isn’t done. Either I spent far too long on one thing so other things remain undone, or I completed little bits of many things without finishing anything.
You can see why the idea of intentional living captured my attention.
Jean Fleming points out I need to look not only at today, but tomorrow, and into eternity. My eternal life doesn’t begin on the day Jesus takes me Home. It began the moment I said, “Yes, I’m a sinner, and only You can save me.”
Ultimately, living intentionally means living the greatest commandment: Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” (Matthew 22:38). Jesus came to show me how to do that.
Prior to reading Jean Fleming’s book, I read My One Word by Mike Ashcroft and Rachel Olsen. Their idea, choosing one word to focus on for a year instead of making endless lists of ways to improve, made sense to me too. One word to focus on, to live with, instead of going in endless dead-ends. My word for 2015 is ABIDE.
In January I wrote this in a beautiful journal given to me by a friend and mentor:
2105: a year of living with intention.
2015: ABIDE is my my word for the year. Deliberately, intentionally ABIDE–remain, stay rooted in Christ.
2015: Choose a verse or phrase or word every week to help me intentionally ABIDE.
2015: Choose my own–after prayer and study–verses to memorize. Verses that help me remember and live, really do what Scripture teaches me.
As I started to do that, God pointed me toward choosing a specific way to abide in Christ for each month. Each week of the month, I prayerfully choose a verse that relates to abiding in Him, and I memorize and meditate on a Scripture focusing on one way I can abide.
Look here for my intentionally abiding word of the month and my thoughts and meditations about those words and verses God places in my heart.
February: His Word (February 2-22)
Lent: (I’m using the study Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross by She Reads Truth): Return, Repent, Remember