We are in the middle of a 5 days of living intentionally series. We’ve talked about the purpose of living intentionally, the importance of making a plan based on God’s example in the Creation story, and we’ve created a mission statement (or at least started working on it)! Today we’re going to keep moving through the Creation story to take our next step in filling up our lives and not just our schedules.
In learning to fill up your life and not just your schedule, let’s return to the Creation story. You can re-read Genesis 1:1-2:3 here.
To Live Intentionally You Must Be Thorough
As you read through the scriptures, it doesn’t take long to see that each day God had a clear task and each day He accomplished what He set out to do. I believe God was realistic in the expectations of what He could accomplish each day. Because He was realistic, He was able to move with care through His day ensuring thoroughness and perfection! He carefully and slowly worked through each task of forming and filling the earth. He didn’t rush. He didn’t cut corners. And He didn’t yell at anyone to just get out of His way already!
Too often, I sit down in the morning to make my to do list for the day, and I write down all that needs to get done and all that I want to accomplish, and think to myself, “Totally doable!” Then life happens. You know the days – the toddler pees on the train table, your sister calls you crying, you forgot you had a dentist appointment, and the baby in your womb demands a nap right this second. So instead of checking things off the to do list, you forgot you had one to start with.
In light of God’s example, sometimes, we need to rethink our to do lists; other times, we just need to slow down. Rushing through life from one thing to the next only means we’re going to cut corners. When we’re running around like a crazy woman, looking for our keys, gathering the diaper bag, and yelling at the little boogers to put their shoes on (don’t worry! I’ve done it too), we miss out on God’s best for us.
Of course, there are THOSE days. We all have them, but I think it’s worth taking a look at some of THOSE days and considering whether or not it was because you were trying to accomplish way more than God ever intended for your day.
We might be doing a lot of things, a lot of really good things even, but are we doing any one thing well? We’ve only to read through the Gospels to see that Jesus was the same exact way. No Jesus didn’t heal each and every person, and He didn’t make it to each and every city, but He did accomplish EXACTLY what God intended … and Jesus never rushed.
The thing to remember here is that only God ever gets His to do list done (perfectly)! But we should seek to be intentional in emulating His example.
To Live Intentionally You Must Take Time to Evaluate
If you remember, after each and every creation “God saw and declared it was good.” To see something means you actually have to look! To declare something as good you have to evaluate what you’ve done! God went over His work to make sure it was complete and perfect.
Once you’ve made a plan, determined your purpose, and begun to live life intentionally, you need to set aside time to evaluate yourself, to evaluate how you’re doing.
- Are you staying true to your mission statement?
- Have you strayed?
- Are you rushing?
- Are your priorities in order?
- Can you say, it is good?
One thing I try to do is sit down each week and go over 5 practical steps I can take to make the best use of my time. It’s a weekly evaluation worksheet that I walk through prayerfully and write down how I did the previous week. You can see this post to learn more and download your free printable. I keep a few blank copies in my homemaking binder and at the very least try to do it monthly.
You should find what works for you, but it’s imperative that you take time to look back and “check in” with God – ask Him how you’re doing fulfilling your mission statement.
Seeking to live intentionally for the glory of God is is a daily learning process – a journey. The truth is we haven’t arrived, and we won’t until Jesus returns. So as we seek to live life on purpose, we must be careful not to allow living intentionally to become an idol. This is why we must learn the art of living intentionally by grace everyday. I’m still learning right along with you.
“Long-term, gospel-motivated obedience can only come from the grace of what Jesus has already done, not the guilt of what we must do.” ~Tullian Tchividjian
We live intentionally so we can bring God glory, not to get a better seat at the table or earn His favor – we already have the best seat and His perfect favor! We’re seeking to live obedient to Christ’s example because we love Him!
So today think about how you’re going about your days. Are you following God’s example of thoroughness and evaluation? Do you ever stop to consider your ways? If not, take some time and change that today! And don’t forget to finish your mission statement!
Be sure to check out the other ladies taking part in this series. There are some awesome topics being discussed in regard to living intentionally. You can see a list of blogs and post topics here: 5 Days of Living Intentionally.