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Be deliberate

Intentional-deliberate livingFirst of all, it’s been nearly 2 weeks since my last blog post *covers face*, I have been so busy and caught up doing all kinds of things to keep my life stable. Somehow, I lost motivation to write. Partly because of all the other activity I was involved in, my ‘writing momentum’ (if there is such a thing) slowed down. Even though I knew I should write something, I just didn’t “feel” like. So I decided today to take some of my medicine and put some discipline to my passion.

Have you ever felt like you’re just in a place where nothing exciting seems to be happening in your life; you’re not growing, you find yourself having to put out little fires, you lack motivation to pursue anything new, you’re pretty much just cruising? I have, and I really dislike those moments. I do not dislike this season because I feel like I always have to be doing something, but because it’s a dangerous place to be. Naturally speaking, everything tends towards mediocrity, so if there is no growth (which is the essence of life), then it means dying…ouch! But true nonetheless.

Many people because of the sense of purpose at work within them have a sense of discomfort about their current position in life. They recognize that they are not where they need to be in relation to the image of purpose within them. I dare say it is unhealthy spiritually, mentally and physically to be in a place where there is no deliberate effort towards improvement. You must always be pushing towards a goal with your faith in order to keep your spirit man active, you must always be learning something new in order to keep your mental edge, and you must always be involved in some physical activity to keep your body toned.

To attain to your goals in life and fulfill your God given purpose, you must be deliberate about your life. You don’t want to be consistently responding to things that happen around you (a bumper car lifestyle). Such a life is draining, and time and other resources are squandered in the mundane routine of reaction and recovery to what life throws at you.

Deliberate or intentional living is what Paul was talking about in Philippians 3:13: He recognized that there was a purpose for which Christ laid hold of him, and despite the progress he had made in his life and ministry, he still was not accomplished (verse 12). Therefore in order for him to attain to the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, there was one thing he had to do. He had to focus on his call, and pursue after it deliberately.

Likewise in your life, it is not just enough for you to know that you are not where you need to be in relation to the fulfillment of your purpose in, but you must also identify the most pertinent course of action to take to attain to it. There is a Chinese proverb that says “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping”. The journey that will get you the prize of your own upward call would require a series of deliberate actions on your part.

First be sincere with yourself and acknowledge your apathy, and then prayerfully seek God’s direction in identifying the steps you need to take towards fulfilling your purpose.

***I guess it kinda worked out after all :)***



  • Dan Black

    April 01, 04 2013 03:21:43

    Glad you started posting again. I understand how life can become very busy.

    I think a person become more deliberate when they have found their purpose, passions, and strengths. Working in those areas also energized and motivates us. Great post!

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