Week #48: Be Intentional
November 27, 2007
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This Week's Topic: Be Intentional
So often in life, it is easy
to fall into the habit of “living by accident.” Whatever opportunities
or requests cross your path, you simply follow. Without a clear purpose
or vision, it isn’t always obvious which choices are best and which
ones are best left alone. As we enter the Christmas season, I simply
want to remind you to live on purpose – intentionally spending your
time, talents, and resources in a way that is truly meaningful for you.
Revisit the vision you’ve set for your life and confirm whether your
actions are still aligned with it.
Being intentional is the only
way to reach a goal or achieve a vision. It means breaking out of a rut
and consciously choosing your actions each day. It means noticing when
you are tempted to veer off your preferred path and choosing to step
back onto it. You may stumble along the way, but don’t dwell on the
setbacks. Simply get back up and keep moving forward.
consider the five key areas of your life – your relationships, work,
finances, health and spiritual life. In what ways could you be more
intentional in this season of busyness, holiday gatherings, abundant
food, and gift giving? Perhaps it’s time to choose to slow down and
attend only one or two events that are special to you – or stay home
rather than traveling out of town. Maybe being intentional during this
season means not overspending. Instead, you commit yourself to a budget
and stick to it. Or perhaps for you, being intentional is about tuning
in to the spiritual significance of Christmas and tuning out the
commercialization of it. Whatever “being intentional” looks like for
you, ask yourself, “How can I be more intentional in the coming weeks?
And when January rolls around, how will I know I was successful?”
My challenge to you this week:
Be intentional. Consciously make choices that are aligned with your vision for your life.
is the vision I have set for myself in my relationships, work,
finances, health and spiritual life? If I don’t have one, what vision
would I like to set? How will I be more intentional in the coming weeks
about aligning my actions with my vision?
Until next time ...
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