R U Intentional?

1 Mar

Do you have trouble making decisions? Some decisions are easy to make.

Grizzly_Running“When Bill Hill, a Montana guide, killed a grizzly bear in a protected area, this was his defense: ‘When I saw that bear come smoking down on me, I didn’t have any trouble in deciding who was the endangered species.'” *

But some decisions are tougher. President Reagan told of a shoemaker who was making a pair of shoes for him when he was a lad. The cobbler asked if Ronald wanted a round or square toe. Ronald was unsure, so the cobbler told him to return in a day or two and let him know.

A few days later, the cobbler saw young Reagan on the street and asked what he had decided. Reagan was stil lundecided. The cobbler said the shoes would be ready the next day.

When Reagan picked up the shoes, one had a round toe and one had a square toe.  Reagan said, “Looking at those shoes taught me a lesson. If you don’t make your own decisions, somebody else makes them for you.” **

I (Dawn) have learned a lot about making intentional decisions in the past 10 years or so. I’ve learned that if I just let life happen, I might not appreciate what life looks like after a while. So I’ve decided that:

  • I want to make choices that build and don’t tear down.
  • I want to make choices for growth, and not stagnation.
  • I want to make choices that honor God and don’t disappoint Him.
  • I want to make choices that make a difference for eternity, and not just live for today.

Isn’t that what you want?

The most important decision in life  ~ after you decide whether you’ll trust Christ for salvation ~ is who you will live for.

Old Joshua, sick of the Children of Israel not following hard after God, challenged them with these Joshua_HolyManOfFaithwords: “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, ESV). Joshua said, if you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship and follow after and serve the Lord God of Israel, then choose another god ~ but do it today; stop wasting time. Make a decision!

Joshua, a man of courage, made his decision, and he led his family into worshiping the Lord. He was intentional. He was a holy man of faith and vision, and knew God’s people couldn’t mess around with something as important, as fundamental, as Who they would put first place in their lives.

OK … that’s the “biggies” of decision-making ~ salvation and whether you will serve and worship the Lord. But God is also concerned about the other choices in our lives. Our wise God  gives us general principles in the Bible to help us make all kinds of decisions and become wise stewards of our time, family, home, finances, body, ministry, etc. If we want to live for God, we will make intentional choices about sexual purity. We will make intentional choices about our entertainment. We will make intentional choices about our budget. We make intentional choices about … you name it!

So, what is your strategy for making wise, intentional choices? Here are mine:

  • I search the scriptures to see if there’s a clear word from the Lord (Psalm 119:130).
  • I spend time with the Lord in prayer and ask God’s Spirit for wisdom (James 1:5).
  • I consider whether my choice will bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
  • I seek godly counsel (Proverbs 15:22).
  • I move forward with trust and confidence in the Lord, not my own agenda, knowing that God will redirect my path, if necessary (Proverbs 3:5-7).

Perhaps you have some other strategies for making choices. Please share them. But whatever our strategies, one thing I know ~ God wants us to be intentional people!

*1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking, by Michael Hogin (Zondervan Publishers, 1994), #257, p. 109

** ibid., #255 (adapted), ppl 108-109

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2 Responses to “R U Intentional?”

  1. Liza March 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Thank you for your encouraging blog and verses you shared. I can relate to this topic in many occasions. For instance, choosing a career has been difficult for a student like me. There are so many career choices to pick. When I was young I wanted to be teacher or an actress. However, as I got older my mindset on a career changed. I might want to become a freelance writer. As of right now I’m majoring in Associate of Applied Science Degree: Management. All I know is that I want God’s will and not my will. God know what’s best for His child. It like the saying goes, “God ways are Higher than mine, God’s thoughts are Higher than mine.”

  2. Dawn Wilson March 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Your heart and spirit about choices is right, Liza. God’s children should always want to make choices with His heart in mind ~ His will and ways, and especially, in agreement with His Word! God bless you as you walk with Him each day, making many choices that will get you closer to His design for your life.

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