Intentionality

There’s been one word going through my mind for the last couple of months, it’s the word intentionality.  Defined it means, “the fact of being deliberate or purposive”  I’ve been questioning myself about this word.  Have I been living life with intention?  I’ll be the first to admit that I hate yard work.  It’s never been my thing, but I do it out of necessity and to quiet the nagging of my wife 😉. 

I may not like it or know much about it but this I do know, anything good that is going to grow in your yard is almost 99% of the time done on purpose.  The fruit tree, the rose bush, the garden with your vegetables, don’t just appear, it took intention, planning, hard work, and maintenance to get it to grow.  I also know this, the bad things, like weeds for example, just grow.  They don’t need to be planted, fertilized, or even watered!  When we neglect our yards, they will eventually all be filled with weeds by default.

It’s a lot like our lives, neglect key areas, and they will quickly fall out of shape.  In order to have success in life, marriage, family, and ministry, there has to be an intentionality that we hone onto.  Like our yards, very rarely to good things just happen, we have to position ourselves in life.

I go to the gym, and I enjoy it, a lot.  I feel great after leaving the gym with a little pump.  I have more energy during the day and sleep better at night.  Here’s the thing, there are times when life is busy or I’m on a trip and I can’t make it into the gym for at least 5 days.  I always find it harder than normal to get back into the swing of things.  It’s not that I said that I don’t want to get in shape or have more energy or even that I’d rather not sleep good at night, I just drifted away, lost my focus and intentionality.  And that has to be the number one enemy to intentionality, drift.  It’s not that we say we quit the gym, I’m not going to church, or I want a divorce.  It’s the fact that we don’t say WE ARE going to the gym, I AM going to church, I WANT to make my marriage work.  We aren’t intentional in what we are going to do so we drift and fall back into the default of life.

The challenge for all of us is to live life with intentionality.  To set our course and fight the drift.  We live in a world where there are hundreds of things pulling us into hundreds of different directions.  More than ever, we need to set our course in life with intentionality.  Remember, the weeds will always just grow, it takes intentional preparation and planning to see the good things flourish in our life!