Living with Intention
All my children have birthdays around the same time. Each year we reflect on how much the kids have grown and how old that makes Brooke and I feel. Well, it’s not that we are closing in on retirement, but it definitely sparks an awareness about the frailty of life and fleeting nature of time. As the kids grow and mature, we are realizing we need to be more intentional about giving them the experiences, memories and tools for success. Time is essentially forcing us to be intentional and not procrastinate what’s on our hearts to do.
Valuing time is the foundation of wisdom. There is simply no way to have wisdom if we don’t understand that time is a precious gift. Time cannot be reproduced and it operates without restraint. If we operate without an understanding of using our time wisely and procrastinate, then we miss out on what God wants to do in us now. Procrastination assumes there is always tomorrow. However, that may not be the case and time will make your decisions for you.
It’s important to be intentional with our time so we receive from Him what is timely for us, which in turn is a blessing to others. Time is the enforcer of faith. Continually pursuing a life of intentional living defines our purpose and cultivates faith. It requires us to activate ourselves and resist complacency. Each passing moment time is encouraging us to press on and explore what is possible in faith. As we respond in immediate obedience, we tune our ears to His voice and nature. This builds confidence in us as He stirs up our hearts, bringing life to our passions, and to those around us.
Psalm 90:12 is a prayer embracing the value and treasure of time, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The privilege of time is extraordinary and powerful. We are simply stewards of this treasure that has a definitive beginning and end in which we must discover, pursue, and flow in our God given purpose.
Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Let’s live with intention, putting aside procrastination, and gain a heart of wisdom for Him. Out of our hearts passion we'll give of our time treasure to invest into our families, the gifts and talents we posses and in our relationship with the Lord.
John 10:10 - "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Don't allow time to be taken from you! There is no time to be bitter, self-reliant, ungrateful and self-serving when He is giving us life to the full. Let's live with intention and purpose!