I know I do. I want each moment of my life to matter, to have long-lasting impact. However, the problem I have is selfishness and I don’t always live like I care at all. For too long I just let life happen to me. Simply riding the waves of life, not ever really considering how I spent each minute. For so long God has been whispering to my soul that He has things for me to do. He has work to be done and He’s chosen me to do it, so I need to get off the couch and start living as if my life truly matters.
Friends, He has work for you to do too. He has big things for you to do, to accomplish for His glory. We need to stop letting life just happen to us and start living a life of significance. Here are a few ways you can add intention to your life.
1. Become a noticer. Don’t live life with your blinders on, moving so quickly that you miss the life happening around you. Too often we get caught up in our to-do lists, moving at the speed of light, that we miss opportunities to see God at work. When we’re moving so quickly all of the time we completely miss opportunities to serve and care for others. In fact, when we miss chances to serve people, we actually miss experiencing our own blessings in the process.
So stop, be still and notice what’s going on around you. Notice God at work and notice the opportunities He is providing for you to love on people. Intentionality requires noticing, become a noticer.
2. Think of yourself less. An intentional life requires that we stop living for our own glory and truly live for God’s glory. As long as we are focused on ourselves the striving life with never stop. Self-promoting never provides the fullness of life we are actually longing for. So, let’s stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about how we can enrich the lives of those around us. I guarantee that your life will become more joy-filled when your focus shifts in that way.
For scripture says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25
3. Track your time. It passes quickly and we can never get it back. Too often we look back on a weekend and say, “Where did the time go?” We then realize we wasted it on Instagram, Netflix or simply being lazy.
For the last week I have started diligently tracking my time, and what I’ve found has been surprising. I have so many 10-15 minute pockets of time throughout the day that I waste scrolling through social media or mindlessly checking email. I could easily spend those moments adding intention to my life. I could use those minutes to meal plan, write a thank you note or simply read a few pages of a book. I would definitely encourage to track your time for a few days. I think you’ll be shocked at how much time you actually do have to add intention to your every day.
These are just a few ways I’ve started being more intentional in my own life, specific ways God is calling me to shift my focus. I bet you have your own unique opportunities to become more intentional. Pray and ask God to show you how your life can use more intentionality. He will give you wisdom to see, understand and know how to change.
Then share it here! I would love to know what an intentional life means to you!