Sunday, November 17, 2013
To Be Intentional.......
Wherever we are, at home, at the grocery store, at work, visiting a friend in the hospital, waiting at the doctor’s office, away for a weekend or on vacation, we need to be intentional. We need to be aware as to who might be around us, who might need a simple hello or smile.
We may never know who we touched just because we were "in tune" to those around us. We need to make the extra effort to be kind to someone, we need to stop and ask God what His plans are for us, ask Him what He wants us to do and who He wants us to reach out to. That is being intentional.
When you are tired…when you are rested…when you feel well and when you are sick, you can still be intentional. Who can you minister to? How can you be a good witness for Christ through your situations?
No matter where you are, no matter where God has placed you, you can choose to be aware and to be intentional for HIM. There is a reason God has you where you are.
A quote attributed to St Francis of Assisi but not substantiated: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” What does that mean? The obvious answer is that you can actually preach the Gospel with your actions, and that words are not always necessary in order to show God’s love to others. I also believe it means to be intentional about spending time with others and letting Jesus shine through you. It means that we can go through our day and not even have to say a word about Jesus, but that if He is in you and we truly have a relationship with Him, it will be so evident by our actions, and by our non-reactions.
Why would we want to lock Him away for nobody to see anyways??? God is AWESOME!!! God is LOVE!!! We have to be intentional about sharing that LOVE!!!
An intentional life can’t be selfish. We all have a purpose. Are we being intentional about it?
Jesus said, “Go into all the world….” ; “love your neighbor as yourself”. He didn’t say if you want to then go ahead, He said do it…. BE INTENTIONAL!