The name “Intend to Live” is a little curious. This is on purpose. When you see the phrase, “Intend to Live”, you might think, ”doesn’t everyone intend to live?” The answer is no. Not everyone thinks ahead, plans and strategizes, seeks the best way to do things, and seeks counsel for decisions or solving problems.
The definition of “intend” is “have a course of action as one’s purpose or objecting, plan.” Another definition is “design or destines someone or something for a particular purpose or end.” What is your purpose or end goal? When you’ve reached the end of 2020 or the end of the current decade you are living in this life, what do you want to have accomplished? What have you laid out as your course of action to attain that end? Do you want to give away $1,000,000.00 to the Kingdom of God to be spread on this earth and to love others with this money towards food, clothing, and shelter who have a hard time getting those needs met? Do you want to raise productive children? Do you want to enjoy a specific hobby like fishing, playing music, or golfing?
I think most people may not even think about what the end result should be. They just live each day on repeat and then rest and change it up some on the weekends and enjoy a hobby or two. People don’t live with intentionality. People live most of their life by accident. I want to encourage you, do something on purpose! Depend on God! Pray and ask Him to do BIG THINGS in your life. Keep asking him.
My son doesn’t know this scripture, "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find it. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 HCSB
But he sure applies it and it works well. Sometimes I’ll say no with the first few requests, but then after some consistency, I’ll say YES. I don’t do this because he’s bugging me. I change my mind because when first asked, I may not think he is serious or doesn’t want it badly enough. But then after his persistence, I realize he really wants it. I’ve seen the principle of consistency work and I’ve seen phrases that explain it well too. EntreLeadership calls it “The Momentum Theorem”. It says. "Focussed intensity over time multiplied by God creates momentum”. That’s so good. So how do you get focussed intensity? Do you do that by working in a job where there is nothing but a paycheck motivating you? Do you do that working at a place you hate? Do you do that without thinking about others? I don’t think so. I think you do that because you have a passion for something and your work helps you make progress towards that passion. Your passion might be your family. I certainly hope it’s more than a hobby! It doesn’t take much work to accomplish enjoying a hobby in most cases. But passion about something bigger than you, bigger than you can accomplish on your own, creates focused intensity. It means it’s something you can’t accomplish easily. Then, you must keep that at the front of your mind daily for months or years. If it’s something like losing weight, then it could only take months to see that progress. If it’s something like becoming a Medical Doctor, it could take years. But either way, over time, you can really accomplish good things. Then, the part about being multiplied by God, well that means that it’s got to be something that God wants and that you must ask for it. Sometimes you must ask for it with focused intensity over time. Just the prayer along must be focused, intense, and consistent over time!
Do you Intend to Live? That’s certainly part of what it means to Intend to Live, nothing living each day the same over and over again without any aspirations about changing the world around you for the better. Another part of Intend to Live, and by far the most important part is knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known. I hope that is a part of your daily activities that is on purpose, for a purpose, and has some focused intensity both in prayer time and in the effort and thought throughout your days.
Here are a few scriptures that make me Intend to Live.
“For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
God had a purpose in mind when He sent Jesus to us.
“This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent — Jesus Christ.”
I hope eternal life is part of your life and how you approach it. I hope you put some thought and research into that more than you do the next phone you’ll purchase or the next place you go out to eat when COVID-19 lets us get back out inside a restaurant.
“Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
If we get the part about not stirring up anger in our children right, we can still miss and strike out not he part about bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord! That takes focused intensity over time. That takes keeping the bigger picture in mind. That takes this next scripture…
“My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,”
That takes some slowing down, gathering your feelings, and looking at the longer-term bigger picture before you react. Reacting to a work situation, a marriage conflict, a money issue, and many other scenarios without thinking of the end goal can create some bad circumstances and choices.
Life is short! Please, live it on purpose. Don’t live another day without passion for God, His Kingdom, and loving and helping others.
Keep asking. Keep changing. Keep waiting on Him, until you get it right.
Intend to Live