Intention. In other words, purpose. In other other words, your goal. What are you intending to happen when you choose to do the things you do? Is there meaning behind your choices? if so, what is the purpose behind your meaning? Questions like these lead you to evaluate necessities for your life such as morals and beliefs.
Intentional living is the hand held out to you, offering a sense of direction towards an abundant life. In my world, the difference between non-intentional and intentional is establishing a personal set of morals and beliefs. There has been a season in my life where I literally could not comprehend what it meant to have morals and beliefs. During that time, I needed nothing but me, myself and I. The way I was living was based upon my own selfish desires. The lifestyle I had chosen had no stability. I was living with a blind heart. I didn’t give myself the opportunity to draw close to what I needed to understand intentionality. Instead, I forced myself the opposite direction of purpose, and drove my own boat. Life then was a blur. I was self destructive without even realizing it, I was hurting people closest to me because I felt as if I could, I was shutting down my spirit to live without purpose and praising my flesh who wanted to live solely upon temporary satisfaction. This led to inconsistency. Bouncing from drugs, to toxic friendships, to toxic coping mechanisms, to finally experiencing the peak of truly not caring. Intentional living applies structure, and as you can see, my life was far from that.
The space between then to now, God has taught me all that I’ve learned. Check this out:
Romans 12:2 speaks, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and prove what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Okay, now let’s break it down. What are the patterns of this world? In my eyes, I see the pattern of generations following one another selectively. The cycle of lusting over money, the empowerment developed from political views, the confidence level exceeding tremendously by sharing intimacy with multiple people. The pattern of living with the intention to meet the needs of this world, but the bible specifically reads “do not conform” to the patterns of this world. Isn’t it funny what society can fool us into believing?
Next reads, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and prove what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” At this moment, come up with 3 words that describes the world we live in today. What comes to mind for me is “chaos,” “destruction,” and “sadness.” School shootings, terrorist attacks, abuse, addiction, manipulation, the list goes on and on. That is what humanity consist of, but God’s vision is different. God gave us free will, and for some reason, that is what we chose to do with it. But God’s will is different. His good, pleasing and perfect will. Why does He want us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds? The answer is clear as day. God’s intention is different. God intended his people to do good, and to do good is to receive good. God intended his people to be pleased, which pleased compliments the act of giving. God intended us to experience His perfect will. The world is setting us up for failure, but God, God wants us to succeed.
You see, intentional living can go both ways. The intentionality defined by flesh, or intentionality defined by spirit. He designed an instruction manual to live this life we were given. God was intentional by doing so. His purpose was for us to fulfill his purpose. God wants us to conform to the patterns of His word.
On earth, it is a different breed of emotions felt by living intentionally. Living with the purpose to do greater than our minds tell us, to experience pleasure in lasting ways, and to deny darkness to follow the light. Start living based off of YOUR morals and beliefs. Intention creates opportunity to receive fuel, to receive an award. Continue to go after them, God provides when you’re walking with purpose.