As I stand in front of the mirror, plucking grey hairs from my head that look like they’ve been electrocuted, I wonder, how in the world am I 40?! I’m not sure how I got here, just yesterday I was 20 (ha ha)! Quite honestly, though, I finally feel like I’m “coming into my own”.
Turning 40, unlike turning 30 or 20, has given me more of a sense of purpose, an intentionality if you will. So much so, that I feel like that is my new mantra: Be Intentional. This means being more intentional with my money, relationships, health and religion.
I have outlined several keys to help you be more intentional. Over the next few weeks, I will explore the different aspects of my life that have flourished as a result of my new mantra: Be Intentional!
1. Plan! Plan! Plan!
This is obviously the most important part of being intentional. No matter what area of your life you desire to be more intentional in, you need a plan. Each Sunday night, I print off a weekly planner and tape it to the door leading out to our garage. It’s a quick reminder of the things that need to occur this week, as well as what days I work (to remind my husband 🙂 and the meals that we will be having for the week. There is something about putting a plan into writing; it’s more likely to be completed! . On weeks that I have neglected to do this, I feel like I am riding a wave to nowhere and at any moment will be knocked off my surfboard due to my lack of planning. Here is a link to my pdf: Weekly planner PDF.
2. God wants us to be planners
For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if
he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish it,
all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.”
We can’t complete our task at hand if we do not adequately plan for it. God wants us to be intentional and prayerfully ask for His guidance. I don’t know how many times in my younger years that I would get an idea (not pray about it) and plow through my plans like a bull in a china shop only to leave the project undone and personally left with regret. Leaving God out of your plans is mistake #1. Pray over your ideas and thoughts. Talk to God. He is always listening and eager to direct you.
3. Give yourself grace
I feel like I am always preaching about giving ourselves grace. I think it’s because I’m trying to remind myself of just that. If I fall off the wagon today, I’m not a failure. I’ll climb back onto tomorrow and not look back. Sometimes those days when I fail at my intended plan is confirmation that I like where I’m headed on the “intentional days”.
This week, I pray for prayer-driven intentionality in your life and in mine. May your life be an inspiration to others.
-Remember to liveHislove,