"But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name be declared in all the earth." ~Exodus 9:16
We've talked about love and forgiveness. We've talked about being transparent in the good and the bad. We've talked about identity and acceptance. We've talked about intentional relationships, both to benefit ourselves and to benefit others. We've talked about leadership and mentoring. We've talked about serving and having purpose. It all comes down to this: living intentionally.
Living intentionally is living life "on purpose." It's choosing to live each day for God's purpose. It's living with His plan in mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mary Crowley writes, "Being a Christian is not doing certain things, but doing everything a certain way." That's what it's all about: doing things in a certain way because of God's purpose, not only His purpose for your life, but the lives of others. It's going beyond yourself and looking at the big picture.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." ~Matthew 5:14-16
Living intentionally, and authentically, is realizing that you are that light and that you have responsibility to shine, no matter what. It's choosing to shine in the good and bad. It's being a leader, holding out your hand, and showing all the way. Living intentionally is allowing His purpose to guide your words, behavior, and decisions. It's being more than someone who attends church and reads the Bible from time to time. Living intentionally is being committed to authenticity in your walk and being so in love with God that you are changed and new. Living intentionally is being in this world, but not a product of this world. Our challenge today is to live intentionally; choose to shine.