Hello! It is time for another Saturday edition of Five Minute Friday! First I want to invite you along. It is a short exercise in writing from the heart for five minutes from a one word prompt. No edits. No worries. Just write. Join us even on a Saturday. This week’s word prompt is intentional.
Is anyone else having a tough time with this. I stopped my clock just now because I had to think. I recalled the phrase “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I had no idea what that meant growing up. I used to think that we did things that we thought were good, but really they would lead us to Hell. Hey, I was a kid. More now I see that Hell isn’t like a punishment here it is just a symbol to me at least of waste. Wasted time. Wasted life. And sadly the waste will never ever be forgotten. Good intentions are basically plans without action. We can waste our life planning if at some point we don’t also start doing.
So intentional to me is thoughtful action. The dream or goal is there. It has to be there. The action is there too, because yes, it has to be there in order to move from intention to intentional.
Thoughtful action is needed in every aspect of our lives. We can intend to show our love to our families, our spouses, and our friends, but what concrete ways are we doing that? You can say that they should know, but how? I think we really do need to be intentional about that.
Thoughtful action is needed in treating our bodies right. We have to make conscious choices and sacrifices from buying the right food to actually going on and cooking it. Trust me, I’ve seen my share of lettuce go into the composting bin. Preaching to the choir here, but I am getting better through putting plan into action by scheduling meals.
Thoughtful action should be present in our lives as believers and followers of Christ. Our faith and our faith in action should be intentional every day.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:22-27
If we are Christians shouldn’t we hold onto our beliefs whether we are inside church or outside? Shouldn’t we be walking in love? Yes, we are not perfect. But man I wish we could try loving a little harder. We are the light of the world right? Christians need to act like Christians and not just to the world but to one another. If we can’t love one another, why would the world ever believe we love them?
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