Intentionally Intentional

intentionalLast year, I wrote a post about how I wanted to be “intentional” in 2012 (If you’re bored and have nothing else to do, here it is).  Suffice it to say that, while I really wanted to be intentional about things, life got in the way and the year flew by, like most years.  Like most of us.  Good intentions…but not so many fulfilled ones.

I mean, I have app upon app on my phone and computer to help me be organized, to be productive, to help me be “intentional” about things.  Most of these apps are really great, with tons of reminders and little features to help me do the things I need to do.  The trouble isn’t with the apps.  The trouble is with me.

First of all, multi-tasking is just about impossible for me.  I can’t cook two things at one time.  I can’t work on two different projects simultaneously.  I have to focus on one thing at a time.

So with all those cool productivity apps and all their cool features, it’s really easy to push a reminder to another day.  It’s quite convenient to get to check the “completed” box on something, even if you didn’t finish it.  It makes me feel organized and sophisticated and…well…very intentional.

But I’m not accomplishing anything, and unless I start doing something, unless I take that step and change a behavior or cultivate a good practice, I’ll keep thinking about them, pontificating on them…but I’ll never actually do them.

And that little two-letter word is the thing I’m trying to…ahem…do this year.  Put all those intentions into action.

Want to fix that creaky board on the stairs?  Do it.

Want to plan a date night once a week (unrealistic?); once every two weeks (can’t afford it?); once a month?  Then do it!

Want to start a new project, even if it scares you?  Do it.

Want to read through the Bible in a year?  Then do it.  Start today.

Want to read the Bible consistently, then do it!  Start today!

We can sit around talking, planning, app-ing ourselves into feeling good about it, or we can actually “put our money where our mouth is” and do it.

So, what are you going to do?


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