I like these words because every minute matters.
These days, I’m reading, “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider. I confess that the title resonated with me (because of my love for cycling) so I ordered the book with little knowledge of the contents. Ironically, there wasn’t much intention in this particular decision. 🙂
The subtitle of the book is, “The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World” and the author’s prologue beckoned me to read on.
“This book is about the liturgical, perfunctory parts of each of our lives and questioning whether our everyday, little decisions – the ones that, a drop at a time fill up our buckets equal to the sum of our short lives here on Earth – best reflect the stirrings of our hearts. Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live? And then, this book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives so that our path is better aligned with our values and passions, and so the majority of our days are spent living contently. Yes, this is how I am made to uniquely live.
This book is about us living life instead of life living us – one small choice after another, day after day, month after month, year after glorious year. It’s about living with intention.”
God does not want us to live haphazardly, without purpose. Nowhere in the scriptures are we taught to wake up in the morning, cross our fingers, hope that nothing goes wrong and fumble our way through the day. As Oxenreider writes, “life is not to live us.” We are not to be mere receivers of what comes our way — without a voice, passively accepting what this world gives us. We are to live with intention, constantly making small, simple but significant choices that empower us to live abundant, joyful, hope-filled lives in Christ.
“Do the choices you make really line up with how you want to live?” is the soul-searching question that Oxenreider puts on the table. It seems so obvious that to live intentionally, we have to make intentional choices but in a world of rushing, stress and constant busyness, the author’s words are a breath of fresh air challenging us to take time, savour life and live in a way that aligns with our core values.
We will turn out ordinary if we’re not careful . . . and God calls us to so much more than ordinary.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6. 19,20