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The other day I was listening to a Christian talk show program about intentional living.  The host had opened up the phone lines and was inviting listeners to call in and share with the audience how they were being intentional.  He explained that the Intentional Life is focused on developing your spiritual, relational and personal skills so that you can embrace Jesus as He desires. 

The first caller was a woman.  She reiterated how one night she was surfing the T.V. channels trying to find something good to watch.  Out of 66 different channels, she just couldn’t seem to find a program that would satisfy.  Her husband noticed what she was doing and suggested that she just turn the contraption off.  She ignored him and continued for another half hour or so to flip through the many channels, not really finding what she wanted.  Suddenly, it was like a light bulb came on in her head, and she realized what a time waster this T.V. was.  Right then and there, she turned it off and packed it up along with their other televisions, and put them in storage.  Now they spend more time together as a family talking, playing games and reading.  She has even taken up knitting.  And she doesn’t miss the T.V.!!!

 

This is a good example of intentional living.  In our 28 years of marriage, we have never had a T.V. in our home, and we don’t miss it either!  It’s a robber of our time and relationships to name a few.  So I guess you could say that we are being intentional as well.  I am an avid reader, and a long time ago, I intentioned in my heart that I would not read anything else first thing in the morning until I read the Bible and my devotional.  This has greatly improved my spiritual life and walk with God.  Daniel was a man of intentional living.  The Bible says:  “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)  If we dig deeper into what God desires from us, we can become even more intentional in our lives.  What are some of the ways that you have become intentional, and how has it benefited you, your family, others?

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