where I occasionally share about inspiration, songwriting, screenwriting and my faith journey…
I’ve mentioned before this uber-wonderful daily devotional book I have for this year: Ellen Miller’s One Year Book of Inspiration for Girlfriends … juggling Not-So-Perfect, Often-Crazy, but Gloriously Real Lives. It rocks! Ellen takes a concept — first two were Finding Your Joy and Spread Too Thin — and writes several days’ entries on that concept, at the end of which is a review/recap/commit day of check-off’s and a place to write action statements pertaining to the topic. Wow. Deliciously rich and pertinent advice and thought-provocation within, I kid you not.
It’s hard not to .. peek ahead in this book. The 23rd is when the next section begins: LIVING INTENTIONALLY. Just peeking ahead at the first day, the intro to this topic, I can already see how well-placed and well-timed this will be for me. On that first day, she shares these:
The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way. –Anonymous
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called — his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18)
Sitting here, I’m mulling what this might mean to me. Before I dive head-long into someone else’s advice about living intentionally, what might I scribble down for myself?
Another I-kid-you-not: my first inclination was to refer to my Bible. I grabbed it from the far corner of the desk, it fell open and a piece of paper fluttered to the floor. On it were my notes from a Bible study group months and months ago when a friend shared a bit about the Book/Study called “One Month To Live”; taking the concept of “the someday syndrome” and being “INTENTIONAL” now. No joke: “INTENTIONAL” right there on that piece of paper!! Also on it: Living the “Dash” — you know that poem?? The dash meaning that dash between the birth date and death date on a tombstone — how did you live your life? Also written were these directives:
That’s a pretty good hit list, don’t ya think?? I mean — are we doing this now? Shouldn’t we be? Alright, it might be a short list, but somehow it still looks daunting, doesn’t it? But isn’t there something we can do?
Maybe you’re a bit like me …. plenty of good intentions, but the level of action required to see the intentions through is .. well, not up to snuff. My oh my — that is certainly a big dog that bit me in the rear of late! Poetically enough, our God is a God of second chances! (Third, fourth, fifth .. and so on…) I’m being presented with an opportunity to prove my mettle — to prove I can move from intention to action, from plan and goal to “doing”. To Moving, to shining. Ah, seat of pants to seat of chair, baby!
The past several days, I’ve been singing this new song “REVISED” during my drive-times. It’s been simmering and slowly but eagerly working its way out since the concert last weekend. Yesterday I got this tidbit to break loose:
You surface hope from inside my soul
now I see my goals rest in you
No longer fearful of proving
Now I’m moving, shining through—
Intention. Plan. Goal. Action. Doubt? Wait, where did that come from??
Remember the story of the disciples out in the boat at night, waves crashing and obstructing their view of shore, and Jesus walking on the water toward them? And Peter gets down out of the boat and walked on water toward Jesus, but then freaked because of the wind and began to sink. Jesus catches him, they climb into the boat and Jesus asks Peter: “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Peter started out with faith. But what happened? He took his eyes off the prize! In and with Christ, he was fine. On his own, he quickly became a fearful, doubtful, sinking man. Good intentions? Absolutely! Faith? Yes. But even with those, left to our own vices and devices, we may falter and allow doubt to seep in.
Ah, this is well-timed for me too. My prayer today is … weeks or months from now .. if I falter, if I find myself in a fearful, doubtful, sinking state, I will quickly get my eyes back on the prize. I don’t need to walk on water to prove my faith and my intention and action. But I do need to keep doing what I’m setting out to do: