Had a patient say the other day- they were doing well but life got in the way. Then had a friend say he was trying to navigate the cloud of life. As I thought about those two statements, I thought about the word LIFE and what it means; As I thought about it, the words, ‘Living Intentionally Focusing Eternally’ came to mind. I thought I was rather clever coming up with that then I googled it and sadly I am not the first to come up with it. But needless to say, is not life meant to be lived intentional within the context of our daily tasks and relationships but at the same time fixing our thoughts on the kingdom of God having an eternal perspective. So the question to ask yourself is: Does Life (Living incidentally focused errantly) or LIFE (Living Intentionally Focusing Eternally) get in the way. Because depending on which one it is, either dramatically changes the outcome of your day?
Let’s look at the difference:
Living Intentionally: This means to be purposeful and focused. This means to be intentionally intimate with Christ, your spouse and children. This means to not be offended at interruptions but view them as opportunities. This means, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” Heb. 12:1-2
Living Incidentally: This means to let ‘life’ go by without vision. This means that you do not purpose to spend time with Christ, your spouse or children. This means a chasing after the wind – running a race but not knowing what race you are running looking to the next best scheme to be better (whatever that means to you).
Focusing Eternally: This means to know what is important. This means although we are focused on the destination, we are relevant & engaged in the daily journey. This means to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. And as you focus, Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Col. 3:2 & Rom. 12:2
Focusing Errantly: This means to not know what is important. This is to focus on work, hobbies & other interests more than you focus on Christ and your family. This means that you set your mind on the immediate and most likely yourself. This means you do not renew your mind but rather live in a stagnate loss of vision.
I want LIFE to get in my way. I want my “Dash” to count! Don’t you? To view what the Dash is: http://www.thedashmovie.com/linda
Prayer: Jesus, help me live daily with the intentional purpose to know you more – to love you more so I can love others more. Let my focus be set on things above but let me speech and actions affect the here and now. Jesus, I think you that you live an intentional, intimate, purposeful life affecting those around you but at the same time focused on the joy set before you!