Imagine this: there are two high school football players looking to play in the NFL. One of the football players is naturally gifted and thinks he’ll be able to get scholarships WITHOUT practice and learning outside of scheduled football practice. The other football player had to work to be on the high school football team and is constantly refining and improving his abilities to become the best football player he can be. The first football player never got a scholarship for football, but the second one ended up in the NFL years later. The reason the first football player didn’t go far was that his pride got in the way and he did not want to be intentional with his time off. Whether you are clocking in hours for work or school, or you are just resting, being intentional with what you do will set you up for what God has in store for you.
Being intentional with your time starts with prioritizing what is needed to be done first, then you can set aside time for things like hobbies, projects, time with others, etc. For example, let's say I had to work, do chores, and make dinner for others during the week and one of my friends asked me to go to the movies at 5pm? I wouldn’t just drop one of the tasks I needed to do for the day to go and watch a movie at the movie theater. I would do those tasks that needed to be done first because work, chores, and dinner are priorities. This is not just for me, but for other people as well. When you set priorities for yourself, you need to follow through and complete those priorities first before anything else. Also, being intentional with your time means leading yourself well with whatever you do. If you are working at a job, do your best. If you make time for the gym, put full effort into working out. When, not if, you make time for the Lord, whether it is prayer, worship, or reading the Word, be present when you spend time with God and take in His glory. Being intentional with what you do can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life, and that is when God qualifies you to do the extraordinary things that He needs us to do.
You need to prioritize God in your life. Prayer, fasting, worship, and reading the Bible are all essential for life because we can’t live a life with meaning without God in the picture. We need to allow the Lord in our lives so that we can accomplish what He calls us to do. There was a saying I heard when I went to 5-hour Synergy back in October. The speaker said this, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” God will equip us with the right tools to live life with meaning and intention.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope this encourages people who need this information, including myself.