Talking about intentionality speaks of being deliberate and purposeful with every action. Here there is no room for chance. To drive this point home, we want to examine a few examples from both the scripture and noble prize winners.
We consider Late Mother Theresa, whose full name was, Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu,born in Skopje, North of Macedonia in 1910.
I'm sure her country rings a bell. The scripture tells us that “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel unto them.”Acts 16:9-10 .
This produced later disciple like Mother Theresa a one-time Nobble price winner in 1979 for Bharat Ratna, Order of the Smile Honour of the Nation.
This happened because as she answered the call to Mission at 18, she left home and was intentional about everything she did. She bid farewell to mother and sister, her immediate family having lost dad at 8, till the day of her death at 87.
She knew in order to touch people foreign to her culture, she had to embark on learning English to be able to communicate. Then she joined a group called Sisters of Loreto Convent in Darjeeling, in India. She took her vow as a nun and chose a name, Theresa. Her choice was deliberate because Theresa of Lisieux was a patron Saint of Australia who was passionate for AIDs sufferers. She began by teaching in school until she had a call to abandon all and move to the slums to serve the poor and diseased.
This determination moved her to take a nursing course and at completion, sort for voluntary work within the impoverished community. This landed her to a leper colony where she served until her death. She made such a huge difference that she became a household name up until date.
Let us also consider Paul, a man who lived life to the full. His goals were to know Christ, abide in His power, fellowship in His suffering, and preach the gospel that he earlier, ignorantly opposed. In doing so, he aligned his aspirations with the Lord's, diligently worked to fulfil his calling, and persevered through opposition, persecution, and suffering. He could face the end of his life with confidence since he'd "fought the good fight," "finished the course," and "kept the faith".
Am sure many of us will like to be able to say the same at the end of our lives, but that means we have to follow Paul's example. How are you doing at setting goals for your life? Have you thought beyond the immediate and set some long-term objectives? Our culture is so fastpaced that few of us take the time to actually consider where we're going. But you don't want to finish your life and find out you were on a course other than God's, fighting the wrong fight, and struggling to keep the faith.
Why not set aside some time this week to get alone with the Lord. Then ask His help in setting goals that will take you where He wants you to go. Consider every area of your life, personal, relational, financial, and vocational but make spiritual goals your primary emphasis. Then write them down.
If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. Maybe it's time to get out of your rut and find a new path. God will help you change direction and accomplish new goals that align with His will. Don't settle for the mediocrity of an unplanned life. Start living intentionally from today. Shalom