Living with Intention

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I feel like I have changed pretty dramatically in the last couple years. I am not quite sure what the catalyst was? Maybe there were several? A new job, a new town, a new circle of friends, a new church?

I lived my 20s recklessly. I lived my days as if I was just passing time. I had fun. I enjoyed my circumstances, most of the time. I lived life. But I didn’t feel like I had any power. I waited for things to happen, for needs to be met, for relationships to blossom, for God to show up.

But somewhere along the way, that shifted.

Now, in my 30s, I find myself wanting to live intentionally. I want to wake up each morning more thankful for another day. I want to make the most of every opportunity, of every interaction, of every moment. I want to draft plans. I want to dream big. I want to conquer my fear. I want to be more focused on the process than the outcome. I want to love in a way that moves others. I want to be conscious that my actions measure up with how I want to be remembered. I want to live with intention.  Is this living with intention important to you? If so, how do you stay focused on living intentionally?

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Lindsey Nobles is Thomas Nelson’s Director of Corporate Communications. She’s a native Texan living in Tennessee who love books, movies, music, food, and blogging. I blog at www.lindseynobles.com and I tweet at www.twitter.com/lnobles. I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi.”

  • Are you in my mind? Wow. At 32, I am now looking at my life thinking of my productivity. I have been at the same company for 9.5 years, and that is about 19,000 logged with the software I use. I’m at the point now where it’s almost an unconscious action. What if I were that dedicated to other parts of my life? Say… family, writing, health?

    Christopher is an inspiration to me. The model of “Don’t let life happen to you; happen to life.”

  • That’s something I’ve been pondering lately. Great article Lindsey! Living intentionally, I like that!

    Mooney: I like the “Don’t let life happen to you; happen to life.” at the end of your comment, awesome perspective.
    -Shane

  • Billy Jepma

    Very cool. I’m only a teenager, but still, I can understand that. Life passes by so fast, we forget to pay attention to the little things in life that matter, we only realize this, when it feels like we’re to late. But like I said, I’m almost fourteen, and its hard to really know what you are talking about, but the image is clear as glass. Enjoy life, but keep attention to the details. And always try and ‘live intentionally’.

    Billy. J

    • When I was a teenager, I was so naive. I thought things would happen to me – in a certain way, by a certain time. In my twenties, life didn’t happen to me quite the way I thought it would. It took me being reflective at the end of that decade to realize that I had some control over my life. I need to take an active role in becoming the girl of my dreams.

  • I love it, Lindsey! Great post. And Christopher…very cool site!!

    This is my daily mantra and honestly that’s what keeps me living intentionally. Starting each day with that desire and prayer. To live intentionally and with purpose. To make each day count.

    Throughout the day, I have to take the time to stop and think about the conversations and encounters that I may have with the barista at Starbucks, the neighbor that gets on my nerves or the random stranger I pass on the street.

    These people matter to God and therefore should matter to me.

    Sure, sometimes, I have to tell my glazing eyes to pay attention and it’s not always the place I want to be at that very moment, but it’s there IN that moment where I have the grand opportunity to be part of someone elses’ story and have them be a part of mine.

    “We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things.” Frances Chan

    Amanda

  • It must be something about transitioning from 20s to 30s because I am feeling the same desire to be intentional about what I’m giving my time, energy, and resources to. Maybe it’s the fact that I will soon have 4 children and my personal time is precious. Or perhaps it’s that I feel like God’s doing new things in me that I feel behind the pack in. Either way, I totally agree with you!

    • 4 Children…wow…sounds like you would have to be intentional to get through the day.

  • Leah Stockholm

    Thanks Lindsey,
    This really made me think 🙂