Sometimes living an intentional life can be hard. A life counter to our culture, counter to normal, can be so easy to give up. You’re constantly faced with the decision to do the best thing instead of the easy thing, and that can be exhausting.
I believe that we all need to have an arsenal of scripture to help us remember why we’re choosing to make the hard decisions. To remind us what it means to really live a life that matters and is set apart.
Here are a few verses that I recommend memorizing (I’m slowly working on my memorizing skills). These are a just a few of many scriptures that point us back to the intentional life. I hope they encourage and motivate you.
1. “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”
Romans 12:2 MSG
2. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
3. “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Philippians 3:7-8
4. “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked for us.” Hebrews 12:1
5.“For God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
6. “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
7. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
8. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25