I am a dreamer and a planner. I love planning and designing new things or redesigning old things. I frequently come up with new ideas. I read and research and study on how to do things. I can spend hours lost in a book or online reading about things. I will do a Pinterest search or Google search on whatever topic I’m currently interested in. I will look for classes (hopefully, free ones) and books, anything that can teach more about what I want to learn. Lately I have been researching how to do hand-lettering before that I was researching essential oils and herbal remedies.
Unfortunately, as good as I at planning and researching, I’m just as bad at getting started on putting those plans into action.
And that is truly what living with intention is about.
It is about putting your plans into action. It is about doing instead of just planning and researching.
You can research and study and plan all that you want, but if you all you do is plan and research and study then you are missing out on what life is really about.
Living deliberately is about stewardship. Living deliberately is about being good stewards of all the resources that the Lord has blessed us, and that means taking the plans off of the paper and putting them into action.
We have been given many resources to live our lives with. Time, money, knowledge, talents, family, and friends are all resources that have been given to us by the Lord. How we appreciate them and how we use them are ways that we give back to the Lord and ways that we bring honor and glory to Him.
How do you live deliberately?
- Learn about the Lord.
Learning about the Lord is the best start to living deliberately. With your focus on Him it is easier to have the discipline and self-control needed to live deliberately. As you get to know Him better, it becomes easier to hear His voice and walk in obedience to Him. When we are walking in obedience to Him, we are living deliberately.
- Learn about yourself and the purpose that the Lord has for you
The more you learn about the Lord the more you will learn about yourself and the purpose that the Lord has for you. When you begin to understand your purpose, you can begin to make decisions based on that purpose. You are better able to see the Lord’s hand guiding you.
- Learn when to say “yes” and when to say “no”
As you learn to know the Lord and know yourself better, you learn when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” If you are one of those people who has a hard time saying “no” when someone asks you to do something, this is probably one of the most difficult parts of living deliberately because someone always seems to be asking you for something. It makes it easy to get distracted from what the Lord would have us to do.
- Be present
I’m a dreamer and a thinker. I can get lost in books for hours at a time which makes being present difficult for me at times. I become hyper-focused and inattentive to the things around me. But being present is important. You miss out on a lot when you are lost in your own thoughts and feelings and not paying attention to what is happening around you. You miss out on opportunities sent from the Lord. You miss out on opportunities to minister to others and to love and appreciate others.
- Make plans but be flexible and let the Lord guide you
Planning is important when it comes to being intentional, but you can’t be rigid in your plans. When you become rigid in your plans, then it is easy to become angry and frustrated when things don’t go the way that you planned. But you aren’t the one in control. The Lord is and you have to be flexible and willing to follow His lead, not your own.
- Live simply
I’m not talking about becoming a minimalist or living like the Amish and Mennonites. I’m simply talking about living out what is important to you. Keep your relationship with the Lord your first priority with your family following closely. Then everything else will fall into place.
Start living deliberately today. Follow the Lord’s leading and do what you can where you are at. It is about getting back to the essentials of life and truly learning to live.
(Side Note: While the most popular term right now is “intentional”, I chose to use the term “living deliberately because of the quote by Thoreau.)