Intentional is the buzzword right now and I love it! Travis Greene has started a revolution with just one word and the world is taking hold of it. People are talking about being intentional about family time, productivity, personal development, work life balance, their purpose, being significant, and creating strategies to positively impacting the lives of others.
And I jumped right on the bandwagon!
I asked God, “How can I be intentional about my personal growth, living life on purpose, and achieving my goals in 2016?” I know it’s the holiday season, but I am ready for a new year. Ready to start anew. Ready to right the wrongs of 2015. Ready for a turn around. Ready to embark on new adventures and new opportunities. Ready to walk through open doors and ready to close those that need to be closed. You see, I’m ready! I’m ready to be more intentional!
When I spoke the words out of my mouth, I immediately felt an awkward stillness. You know when you think you’ve asked the right question or are on the right track, but God is simply sitting there, shaking His head. It took a moment, but then I heard Him say, “But what will you do with the days that remain in 2015? Will you intentionally be unintentional until the new year begins?”
I paused. I knew I had to do something and being intentionally unintentional was not an option.
So I hosted an “Intentional” Christmas party! Probably not what others would have done, but as God takes me through the “process”, I have chosen not to go alone. I am taking my family, friends, associates, and you along with me.
You see, my small group and I just finished reading Draw the Circle, a 40-day devotional written by Mark Batterson. It is an amazing read that motivates you to “work like ‘it’ depends on you and pray like ‘it’ depends on God.” During the Christmas party, I gave each lady a gift bag which held a math compass and a scroll. The compass was to challenge them to do just what the book taught us…draw the circle. As God speaks through His word, dreams, or other men and women of God, I gave them the tool to draw a circle around His promise. Batterson shared that there is nothing magical about a circle. It simply makes the promise more prominent and should remind us each day that we are to circle it (pray and believe) until it happens. The scroll I gave them listed eight things we can do during the last weeks of 2015 to lay the foundation for our 2016. I attached the document just for you!
I encourage you today not to overlook the days remaining in 2015. If you want 2016 to be your best year yet, you must have a plan. Proverbs 16:3 AMP tells us, “Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
Don’t spend another day being intentionally unintentional. And please share. Don’t allow those you care for to waste another moment.