Most people do not think about their daily life experiences, so they miss out on the abundant life God wants them to have!
Dialogue from Lewis Carroll’s classic book “Alice in Wonderland” illustrates the way most people go through life.
In the book, Alice asks the Cheshire Cat: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The Cat responds, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Alice says “”I don’t much care where –”
The Cat interrupts her, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Intention requires attention plus retention. If you are drifting through life without paying attention to what you do daily, then you will likely end up in a poor direction!
However in the Bible, God’s people are advised to live with intention:
Psalm 90:12 asks the Lord,
So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
The Lord has gifted each one of us with a certain number of days. What we do with each of them is our gift back to God. So let us purpose in our hearts to maximize each day for God’s glory.
Repeat after me: Intention requires attention plus retention.
You’ll learn about each of these in the following 4 steps.
- Get clear about your intentions for your life. Define your intentions in terms of the daily experiences you want to have.
Begin each intention statement on your list with the word ‘Experience…’ Your goal is to develop 5 – 10 things you’d like to experience daily so that at the end of your life, you will have confidence that you lived with purpose.
Here are some examples:
- Experience an intimate relationship with God
- Experience the power of knowing and applying God’s word daily
- Experience love, joy, and peace daily
- Experience abundant strength, health, and vibrancy daily
- Experience a great marriage
- Experience spending time with an intimate circle of friends
- Experience playing golf in all 50 states
- Experience a cruise to Hawaii
- Experience planting seeds in our family that will lead to their salvation through example and word
- Experience praying for the body of Christ to hunger and thirst after righteousness so they will be filled
- Evaluate your experience list. Are the items on your list things that you can control? If not, you need to make adjustments. For example, I had “Experience my entire family coming to salvation” on my list. However, I realize I cannot control that because each person must make their own decision to follow Christ. However I can pray that the Lord draw them to Himself, walk out my belief in Jesus Christ before my family, and give my testimony about what the Lord is doing in my life.
Some things on your daily experience list may not be for today, but someday. In those cases, you can do something today that will move you closer to that experience. So if your experience list includes a cruise to Hawaii, then you can start a savings account for it today and contribute small amounts to it every week until you have what you need.
Do you see how that works?
- Reject thoughts and behaviors that interfere with your daily experience. For example, if one of your daily experiences is to live peacefully, then you need to be diligent in rejecting the thoughts of worry and anxiety that oppose it.
When you catch yourself worrying, ask yourself, “Is worrying helping me to enjoy my life?” Once you answer the question, then start meditating on a Biblical prescription for peace, such as Isaiah 26:3:
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you Because he trusts in you.”
You appropriate that word the more you meditate on it and look for ways to practice it daily.
- Retain your experience list through looking for opportunities daily. The late minister Kathy Logan said this wisdom: “It is not the word we hear that will free us; it is the words that we don’t forget that will free us…It is not a matter of how much information you store in your mind that determines your success or degree of freedom; It is a matter of remembering to walk in the truth you know in your day-to-day living experiences.”
Your most important work each day is to remember how important your good intentions are to the quality of your life. The day you start de-valuing what is important to you is the day you will start to forget about them.
Once again, intention requires attention plus retention.
Each day is fresh. You cannot rest on yesterday’s success. You must deal with each day on its own terms and set yourself up for success as much as possible.
It would be nice if life were a “set it and forget it” experience. But it is not. Each day, the clock resets.
We can’t afford to blank out or drift through life. God created us on purpose and for a purpose.
The most important purpose of all is to grab hold of eternal life, which Jesus defined in John 17:3 –
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
In your daily experiences, make seeking God in the midst of them your top priority. In that way, you can live your life to the fullest!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
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