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Living Unintentionally…

I just made a visit to my old elementary school, and turns out my old grade six teacher is still teaching there. I ended up being asked to come back and speak to the school about future possibilities as a returning student.

It reminded me of the incredible need for intentional living. Too often we end up simply going through the motions and haphazardly end up where ‘the system’ leads us or wherever external forces push us.

The first girl I ever dated was in grade six, and it was completely un-intentional.

We were watching a movie in class, the lights were a bit dim. I was kicking back with one arm behind my chair. Some punk kid behind me, pulls a prank I wish I thought of, and quickly places my arm around the shoulders of the girl sitting next to me.

I completely freeze up. She turns, smiles, places a hand on my lap.

I didn’t flinch for the rest of the film. And with that, we were officially dating.

It lasted about a week. We figured we were still young and wanted to leave our options open.

Thank God.

I believe the Apostle Paul calls this being tossed back and forth by the waves.

How might we all live more intentionally each day?

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • russ April 1, 2008, 4:26 am

    A cute story. I am a PhD student and due to the lack of Christian women…I am keeping my options open.:)

  • Al April 11, 2008, 10:16 am

    The phrase ‘living unintentionally’ caught my eye. I am discovering that if I live intentionally, I will find that God sends me unintentional opportunities. Sometimes I get caught up with trying hard to meet people so I can form friendships so I can grow relationships so I can be God’s love to them so that they discover that God loves them so that they will receive His love. The process is sound enough, but doesn’t necessarily happen. Then God totally surprises me by dropping me in a particular situation where very quickly the other person is receiving God’s love through me, even before I got around to ‘intentionally’ trying to make it happen.
    The intentionality is me choosing to be who God intends me to be. The unintentionality is Him providing experiences where it all comes together. It removes the pressure of trying to orchestrate the details.

  • Lon April 14, 2008, 12:48 am

    Al, insightful response – it’s amazing how often God works with both sides of our issues, thanks so much for commenting!

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