2019-05-14 Intentional. Intentionally.

“yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
What is your life? For you are a mist that
appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
James 4:14

No, I’m not in some dark mood today. In fact, it’s a beautiful day. It’s also my first shorts-to-work day this season. Why? Because I can.

Actually, I thought of this verse when I looked at today’s date. We’re half way through May already! I tell you what, summer went by so fast last year that I am going to do my best to make the most out of this one. I’m not sure what all that means, but I’m going to do it.

Maybe I’ll spend far more time outdoors. Actually, I know that is something I will do. More adventures, that kind of thing. It doesn’t need to be an all-day, just something different, something spur of the moment.

I’m going to complain much less about the heat. I’ll keep my windows open so I can enjoy the outdoor air – even when it’s hot. When you think about it, humans have gotten very intolerant to changes in temperature. Two degrees on either side of 70 can ruin the day for many. I’ve gotten like that, too. That’s kind of a shame, I think.

Time seems to go by faster and faster as the years go by. Summer isn’t the only thing. Kids grow up. Parents get old. Friends move away. Can I be more intentional with my relationships? Of course, I can.

How about my spiritual walk? Am I immersing myself in Jesus enough that others would say I’m on fire for the Lord? Folks, that’s what really matters. Actually, nothing else matters.

It really pays to examine my routine. There is lots of junk that fills my day, stuff that I would be far better without. Just as with my checkbook, I need to be constantly on guard for things on which I squander my resources. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as the unwise but the wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Now, I could drive myself crazy with to-do and don’t-do lists if I take this too far. Still, there is something to be said about intentionality in living. Take every thought captive, right? (2 Cor. 10:5) Get rid of those thoughts that aren’t fruitful. Prune my mind, so to say. Like Paul writes:

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Jesus is coming, folks. Someday soon, we will be in his presence. Make today an intentional day.

Father, forgive me of my sins. Redirect and refocus my attention. I want to build treasure in heaven. Today. Amen.

Copyright © 2019 Scott Powers

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