Living Intentionally

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “intentional.”

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“Intentional living is about living your best story.”  (John C. Maxwell.)

There’s a lot of truth in that quote.

When I live unintentionally the results are not usually good:

  • “I didn’t mean to be late but I lost track of the time.”
  • “Those hurtful words came out before I had a chance to think through their impact and hold them back.”
  • “I tripped and dropped those dishes because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing.”
  • “I was going to do that task to help you out, but I forgot.”

It’s not my best story.

And I don’t know about you, but I’ve never unintentionally given a really thoughtful gift, or unintentionally eaten a perfectly balanced diet and gone to bed at a sensible time.

Most of the time, our good deeds and habits come about because we are intentional.

This month one thing I am trying to focus on is being intentional about developing healthy habits: eating well, exercising well, prioritising time with God, getting more sleep.

It began with the recognition that none of these things are going to happen automatically: developing better habits requires me to be intentional.

Good intentions aren’t everything- it still takes commitment and discipline to turn them into reality- but they are a step in the right direction.

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16 thoughts on “Living Intentionally

  1. You’ve reminded me of a quote by a student of John Maxwell – Andy Stanley. I may not have this exactly right but it’s something like “discipline, not direction, determines our destination”. As you said, intention is a start but it takes more. That’s always where I blow it!

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  2. We thought along the same lines this week. 🙂

    One of my constant prayers right now is, “Lord, grant me self-control.” Discipline just isn’t something I can manufacture on my own. I know how weak I am. I start off real good, but a week or two in, bam!, back to the old habits. Any lasting change has to come by His power and grace.

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  3. Thank you Lesley for your transparency. I am with you on needing to be intentional with exercise and eating better. I went to the gym for the first time in a looong time yesterday. May we both be still and let Him guide. Have a good rest of the weekend, my writing friend.

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