I was intentionally thinking about “being intentional” today.
On my way home this afternoon, I got stuck behind two very big snow plows on one very small road. I had a choice – get irritated about the situation or set my mind to accept the snail-paced drive home. I intentionally made the decision to sit back and watch the snow plow drivers do their work.
If ever there was a picture of being intentional, this was it. Tandem snow plowing is very interesting to watch. Clearing the road well doesn’t just happen. As the road widens and narrows, the snow plow drivers must work as a team. They need to be aware of possible mailboxes and curbs on route and they must be positioned such that the snow falling off the lead plow’s blade gets captured by the trailing plow and pushed further to the side of the road. It takes coordination between the vehicles and constant communication between the drivers. It doesn’t matter how many cars are behind and inconvenienced, these snow plowers are one-track minded; get the job done. They are intentional and purpose driven people. There are no short cuts…no easier way. Do it right and do it well.
I got to thinking… life involves a lot of being intentional. The opinions of others, the awkwardness of circumstances, the temptations all around us are daily realities but ultimately, we are called by God to live with intention – not haphazardly. Good decision making doesn’t often come naturally. Usually, the easy way is the wrong way. I remember the first time that my good friend challenged me with this statement – “do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” It really caught my attention. It’s simple, yet so profound. It takes being intentional – thinking about what is right and true and good (Philippians 4:8) – thinking and praying through the options and then making a conscious decision to do right, despite who is watching or what might happen.
As soon as the alarm rings in the early morning, we start making decisions, don’t we? Living for God’s glory is not easy. It doesn’t just happen. We need to live intentional, focused lives. Colossians 3:2 says it this way:
Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective. The Message