“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”
Ouch, right?! Winston Churchill’s quote is one that many of us have heard before. As truthful and profound as it is, most of the time it doesn’t go deeper than that moment. I don’t know about ya’ll, but it’s interesting to me when I have these“A-HA” moments, you know, when the little light bulb goes off in your head and you realize something has to change? We start to have these deep revelations about life, like how much stronger we want our relationship with God to get, how much weight we want to lose, the kind of spouse we want, BUT then we are hit with the big question….WHERE DO I BEGIN???
We do have a desire to change, but the change we are expecting is not going to come without effort on our part. God is amazing and we know all things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26), but let’s havean “A-HA” moment real quick: believing God will do it does not excuse us from the work that we need to do ourselves. James 2: 14 says “Brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith but does nothing, that faith is worth nothing. Faith like that cannot save anyone.”
Being intentional is so rare, but once we understand that it’s not based on how we feel but what we do, it will start to click. So there’s this thing I like to call "selective intentionality”, I don’t think it's a real thing, but just go with me. When you feel like doing something, you do it, and when you don’t feel like doing it…. you get my point. I mean many of us really try to be intentional, that’s why when the new year starts we FEEL motivated to make New Years Resolutions, we feel like signing up for another Bible Reading Plan or feel like getting a gym membership, but what happens when we don’t FEEL like it anymore.. ehh? Intentionality is more about consistency with your actions rather than consistency with your feelings. Unhealthy habits are usually unintentional, if you want healthy and benificial habits, you have to be intentional.
Next Steps to Take:
First things first, take a step back and get your priorities in order. Let’s stop wasting time on things that will not produce the best version of ourselves. Put God first in your plans and He will direct you.
Set Goals WITH Deadlines:
Whether you want to read the whole Bible in a year or lose 20 pounds, to be intentional you have to set goals WITH deadlines. Goals without deadlines are just dreams. As you set your goals, let’s remember to make the goals S.M.A.R.T.
Lisa TerKeurst wrote a phenomenal book called the BEST Yes. There’s an obligation we feel to say yes to certain things that ultimately are an unproductive use of our time. We can’t get those moments back. Once we start being intentional about saying no to those little things, we position ourselves to say yes to more meaningful things.
Check in with God about your goals. Then, review the plans you made to reach your goals. If the plans are not working, rework the plan, not the goal. Look over the progress for the goals you set to determine your growth. “Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.”