Intentionality. How does that word make you feel? Does it make you cringe or does it make you feel ready to do something great?
For me, it’s the latter. Intentionality is at the very heart of a lot of what I do. From day to day activities, to the words I speak, to the relationships I form – all of it is done with intention. I can’t imagine living my life without intentionality. It guides and directs so much of me, along with my faith.
Possibly, my drive to be intentional is because my faith is a huge part of who I am. When it comes down to it, intentionality is very much so how God is. He created the world in 6 days. He designed the 7th day for rest. He intentionally created, spoke, and did. Before the foundations of the world, He had already planned the coming of Jesus and even the way that Jesus would die for our sins and resurrect three days later.
It’s no wonder that we, who are created by an intentional God, also feel that same longing to be intentional in the things we do.
My heart longs for intentional actions on the part of others. I desire intentional conversation, not the shallow questions anyone can ask; but the ones that take serious thought, consideration, and intentionality. I don’t want the last minute request to hang out because someone had nothing better to do. If you’re intentional with me, I’ll bend over backward for my friends and people I care about. It doesn’t matter how busy I am, I will always find a way to make time for those who I know value my time.
I hung out with someone recently who I had planned a month in advance with. Yes, people…A MONTH. You know why? Because we’re both intentional. We both value each other enough to plan that far in advance to ensure we keep up our friendship and stay involved and invested in each other’s lives.
Somehow in today’s world, that’s been lost. The immediate gratification of a text keeps people texting for 4 hours at night, rather than actually planning to meet up and hang out in person. The ability to be “social” through social media and Facebook keeps people feeling connected when in reality, they know next to nothing about the people they follow.
It saddens me that we live in a world where if it’s not easy, it’s not worth it. When did the level of ease equal the level of value? In fact, it used to be the opposite! The less expensive it was, the cheaper the value. “You get what you pay for” is the old saying. Despite what people want to believe, it’s still true.
You sacrifice little to cultivate friendships? You’ll get the people who don’t truly value you. You only reach out when you’re bored? You’ll get the individuals who don’t motivate or inspire you to be your best.
Intentionality is the driving force between those who are successful and those who aren’t.
Ask anyone who has made something of their life, they will likely say they worked hard for where they are. They were intentional. Success doesn’t just happen and it certainly doesn’t just happen overnight. There are long, hard days and nights, weeks, months, and years of people working at their dreams. Just because you only found out about it yesterday doesn’t mean it wasn’t a work in progress for a long time.
Dreams take work. Success takes work. Love takes work. And while things should come more easily if they are meant to be, they also demand a level of sacrifice and future-mindedness. Want that C-level position someday? Work your butt off and ask your employer what you can do to grow. Want to start your own non-profit for a cause you’re passionate about? Volunteer at a local organization and learn how it’s done. Want to have a successful marriage someday? Talk to people who’ve stood the test of time and learn from them.
Good things may come to those who wait, but great things come to those who are intentional.
Cheering you on from the frontlines,