When I think about living intentionally, I think about both my dad and Sara. After losing them in 2010 and 2011, being intentional has been a focus for me. We only have one shot at this life and “no one knows that day or hour, not the angels in the heaven, nor the son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36
Have you ever heard the poem “The Dash?”
On our tombstone, it will have the day we are born and the day we die, with a dash in between. The dash in between represents the opportunities we have to live the life that God has intended for us to live.
Opportunities that require intention.
Being intentional is about paying attention to the nudge in our spirit and the whispers that cross our mind. The one that tells us to connect with someone and tell them you care or give them a word of encouragement.
Sara taught us “when you come in contact with someone, you either leave them feeling better about themselves or worse, but you never leave them unaffected.” God calls us to “love others as He has loved us,” so be intentional when you come in contact with others.
Give them a smile and a hello. Acknowledge them, don’t ignore them. Don’t miss an opportunity to tell those you care about that you love them. Don’t wait until next time, because next time may be too late. We are here to represent Him…to represent His message of love. And don’t wait until tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.
If we are still here, then we have a job to do. Let’s be intentional in making sure we live it for Him.