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We are continuing with the series for the month of August: Fight 4 Purpose. Today we are going to look at a new topic, "From Idle to Intentional."
Idle- without purpose or effect; pointless; spend time doing nothing; avoiding work;
Intentional- done on purpose; deliberate; designed, planned.
In order to Fight 4 purpose, we have to be living life intentionally. I have published my 4th book because I was intentional about getting it done. It would have been easy to be idle and watch Netflix all day or waited without a plan to see if I would have time to work on one of these books. See, being intentional yields results, but idleness is the breeding ground for unresolved problems, unfinished projects, and undiscovered greatness. What is on the inside of you could make a huge impact on this world and change your life, but if you are not intentional about making time for your purpose, all those things will just lay dormant on the inside of you.
In your Fight 4 Purpose, you have to be determined to not allow Time to get the best of you. Instead, it is your responsibility to make Time work for you. I know there is a dream or vision inside of you, and if you are not being intentional about ensuring that it comes to past, time will cause you to lose that opportunity. It's not too late to Work now. God will provide the resources, the strategy, the connections and more. However, you have to make a plan, make an effort, and make a choice to see the fruit of being intentional.
My husband said something wonderful the other day, "You will either deal with the pain of regret or the pain of discipline." I loved that so much. When we are idle, we will continue to live with the pain of regret (what we did not accomplish). However, when we are intentional, we will go through the pain of discipline just to see the fruit of our efforts.
I want to encourage someone today. I want to encourage those who have been working intentionally. Keep going. Trust God's timing as you make time work for you in your efforts for dreams and goals to be realized. God is faithful. What he has started in you, he will finish (Philippians 1:6). He loves you to much to make you do it all on our own. He is with you. Stay focused on your mission!
Then, I want to encourage those who can admit they have been more idle than intentional. You are not alone. It is a challenge to be intentional when everything in you wants a break from all the other responsibilities: motherhood, being a wife, helping family, and working. However, it is time to not just live, but to live intentionally. Dare to dream. Dare to discover. Dare to believe that you can achieve success when you put forth effort. When God designed you, he put purpose on the inside of you (Jeremiah 29:11). Fight 4 Purpose!
1. Plan your day
2. Make a Check List
3. Create Deadlines for Yourself
4. Set New Goals once others are completed
I head someone say you have to do what others are not willing to do.
Will you Fight 4 Purpose today? There is always room for improvement.
I will leave you with reading about the Proverbs 31 woman (NIV):
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.