Intentionality: A belief, thought, or desire that is directed towards a specific event or a state of affairs. With 2018 just ahead of us, it brings to mind that we Americans might consider just what our “intentions are” as we approach the New Year of 2018. I’m not talking about making “New Year’s Resolutions,” rather…. Just how serious were we, for an example, as voters, when we “elected our Leaders of CHANGE,” this past November. Is it because we were frustrated as to where our Government is leading us, and just wanted a “change,” or did we just want to see some new faces. Change…in and of itself….doesn’t amount to much. We have to “follow-up” with our elected officials to insure that they carry out the purpose for which they were elected.
Just voting “for change,” doesn’t bring about change. There MUST be a PLAN-of-ACTION (POA). Our elected leaders MUST put into motion those declarations, laws, and restrictions. This does not insure that change is not “just change” ….but specific, orchestrated, and positive change … which will bring about new and more jobs, lower taxes, less government, and those freedoms that have eroded in the last decade.
There are other areas of “intentionality” that we MUST focus on, as well. We need to have a POA (Plan-of-Action) which will… intentionally improve education, fairness at the workplace, and career improvement. We must have “intentionality” in our “family environment;” by paying more attention to family commitments, educating our children, and keeping our families together as a “family-unit.”
We must have “intentionality” when it comes to our “spiritual-commitments,” as well. We should seize every opportunity to have a “closer relationship” with God. We need to focus our attention (with intentionality) to live in harmony with our friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family members.
This does not even address the current news of … sexual harassment; which is seeping through the very fabric of our nation’s conscience.
We can promote a better and closer relationship with God, by having more “intentionality” in our PRAYER-LIFE. We must pray with INTENTION (specific requests), sincerity in our “thanksgiving and gratitude,” and more intentionality… by including God in our future. This can be accomplished by “more intentional prayer,” by seeking some “quite-conversations” with God. We need to step away from the “noise,” and have communion and peace with Our Savior.
If you have been on a “spiritual-vacation,” (as I sometime find myself), then please… get yourself in a quite-place, and spend some “alone-time” with God. God desires “alone time” with us.
God wants a personal relationship with us. He created us as individuals, “knitting” us in the womb (Psalm 139:13). God knows the intimate details of our lives, such as the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). He knows the sparrows individually, and “you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29, 31). He invites us to come to Him and know Him (Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 22:17; Song of Solomon 4:8). When we desire to know God intimately, we will seek Him early (Psalm 63:1) and spend time with Him. We will be like Mary, sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His voice (Luke 10:39). We will hunger and thirst for righteousness, and we will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Spending time alone with God rids our minds of distraction so that we can focus on Him and hear His Word. Abiding in Him, we enjoy the intimacy to which He calls us and come to truly know Him.
To summarize… we have to be ENGAGED… with those people and events, around us. We cannot sit about “just waiting,” we must be part of the “CHANGE, by first, “changing ourselves.”
…Blessings to all as we move from Thanksgiving, toward Christmas, and on to the New Year…. 11/25/2017