Living Intentionally

Today's guest post is by Ashley of L.I.F.E. by Ashley Pichea.

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Living intentionally.

It goes against every fiber of my being. My nature is to sit back and let life happen to me.

If I had my way, my kids would parent themselves, my blog would write itself, my marriage would magically be perfect, my house would always be clean, and I would be able to sit in front of the TV all afternoon watching Gilmore Girls on DVD or curl up in a chair reading the latest Karen Kingsbury novel. Life would not require work or be stressful in any way.

Life, according to Ashley, would require little effort and would be all about responding and reacting.

And yet, this is not life. And if I am honest, this is not what I really want my life to resemble. It’s through struggles that we grow, and growth is what makes life interesting.

 

'Bible Study 2' photo (c) 2008, George Bannister - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

James says it this way:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” {James 1.2-5}

We are not to run from struggles and trials, but rather, we are to welcome them, knowing they are for our maturity.

We are all called to live intentionally.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” {Philippians 3.14}

Our daily walk with God and with others is to be met with intentionality. We are not to let life pass us by, but we are to make the most of every opportunity.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” {Ephesians 5.15-16}

As I have journeyed with God over the past year, He has lead me in a path of intentional living. From focusing the content of my personal faith-based blog to co-founding the 3in30 Challenge, God has led me to begin doing life intentionally - to begin living intentionally by faith everyday.

In order to live intentionally, though, I need help. On my own, I will quickly fall back into default mode and simply be content to sit back and watch as life passes by.

I need accountability, and this fits in with how God has designed the Christian life to be… one full of relationships that spur us toward righteousness.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works...” {Hebrews 10.24}

Doing LIFE {living intentionally by faith everyday} is not something we can do on our own. We need accountability, encouragement, and community. We need to set goals for ourselves, tell others about our goals, and work toward our goals with the help of the Holy Spirit and our faith-based community of friends.

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How will you live intentionally today? Do you have a friend who will keep you accountable? Do you need a community to encourage you?

 

Ashley Pichea invites you to join her in living intentionally by faith everyday and making your goals reality. Connect with Ashley on Facebook and Twitter.