“I feel so unfocused and disorganized!” said my friend Laura. She had been downsized from her job, moved, and was trying to decide whether to get married again. “How can I manage all this change?” she asked. “It’s hard for me to be intentional. What in the world that is, anyway?”
Perhaps like Laura, you wonder what I mean when I write about “becoming an intentional woman.” Although it’s a process and not always easy, it is possible. I can’t change anyone else, but I can make positive changes in my own attitudes and behavior. An intentional woman with a heart for God:
- Works at becoming proactive, instead of just letting life happen to her—merely reacting to life’s unexpected circumstances.
- Accepts what she cannot change about her season and circumstances, making courageous and deliberate decisions about the things she can change.
- Is not self-absorbed to the point of leaving others out of her life; nor does she live her life through or for others. The attitudes and pressures of other people do not unduly influence her.
- Is directed, not driven and focused, not floundering.
- Realizes she won’t be perfectly problem-free, yet she has a desire to honor God with what she has been given.
Yet I believe that the key reason for living intentionally is to glorify God as the person He created you to be. In honoring our uniqueness, you and I come before our Creator and Savior with freedom and integrity. Just writing that down makes my shoulders relax and my breath to flow easier. How about you?
What’s one word that reminds you of an “becoming an intentional woman”?