What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘intentional’?
Do you think, being purposeful, or taking a deliberate action that lines up with your beliefs, and values?
Many people have heard or read the verse from Proverbs 16:3, which states, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
One passage that has been important to me is from Philippians 4:6-7, which states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If we are not intentional then we simply flounder, make sub-standard decisions that cause distress to those around us, and make a mark against our character.
So, what does this mean for you and me? Are we intentional? Does what we do matter? I believe that being intentional is important. We should be intentional in our faith, friendships, relationships, workplaces, and aspects such as communication, kindness, work ethic, and mental and physical health.
Each moment being positively intentional adds up to create an affirmative outcome. Do you commit your time wisely in undertaking your work, whether paid or voluntary, to achieve a productive outcome that benefits the business or organization? Do you use and plan well with available resources (staff, volunteers, products, equipment) to achieve the best result possible?
If we seek to be intentional, then first commit to becoming:
· Wise in our planning,
· Communicate with clarity and encouragement,
· Meet deadlines and reporting timelines,
· Be accountable,
· Be kind.