Teach us how short our lives really are, so that we may be wise. - Psalm 90:1
What does it mean to live intentionally? Think about it for a minute. What does living intentionally mean to you? One of my mentors in college used to call it ‘living hindsight in a foresight position.’ What he meant by this, of course, was that we should live in such a way that we are constantly thinking of the possible ramifications concerning the decisions we make. When I think of living a life that is intentional, I’m often reminded of the words of Paul in Ephesians 5:16, “Make the most of every opportunity, for the days are evil.” Every day is an opportunity. But so often we live as if it is a "right." We forget that our lives are short. We only live once. So what can we do to help ensure that kingdom-business is a greater priority than temporal-fun? What can we do to assess how intentionally we’re actually living? There are five questions I readily ask myself to test my "intentionality quotient". You might find them helpful too.
Who have I touched? I try to connect with at least one person everyday. It might be the janitor, it might be a stranger, it might even be my boss. I can hardly imagine the thought that Jesus didn’t touch someone every day. His life is the ultimate example of living intentionally. Touching hearts changes lives.
What have I done today? It is my belief that we should take a minute to reflect on our day. Every night we should take a few moments to pause and look back at what we accomplished for the day. This helps to make us fruitfulness-minded. Fruitless days produce nothing.
Why am I here? Asking this question reminds us of our purpose. It’s easier to live intentionally when we know why we’re here. Know why you’re here. Know your skills, talents, aptitudes and giftings. Know His plan for your life. Knowing your purpose, and walking in it, brings true fulfillment.
Where is my focus? There are so many distractions that can derail us from living an intentional life. Regularly take ‘personal inventory,’ and where necessary, redirect your focus upon Messiah and His kingdom purposes.
How is my devotional life? Nothing renews me and brings me life like time in God’s Word and resting in His Presence. If you desire to live a life that is truly intentional, it must be full of His Holy Spirit. Surely the Spirit-led life is the most intentional life there is.
Question of the Day:
What concrete steps can I take today in order to live intentionally?