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Live Intentionally.

January 5, 2018

It is 2018. It is a new year, and with the new year comes new ideals and ways of seeing and living. I have made some new decisions, and one of those decisions is to not live in fear. I have spent a good part of my adult life not taking risks and being afraid to venture out. I have come to realize that at mid life, I can no longer live in a world where negativity, toxic relationships, impoverished circumstances leave me feeling uncertain, and afraid to live life. I could go on. Life is too short to live waiting for something to happen that might or might not happen unless you get out there and make it happen.

That last thought creates conflict in me. And, conflict is good. It pushes me. I need to be motivated. I need to push my limits. I need to realize my passion, my mission, purpose, whatever you want to call it. One of the hardest things for me has been to let go of ideas and dreams I once felt I had a clear path for. I do not know if those opportunities will ever return? I only know that I cannot focus on yesterday, or too far into the future.  Mindfulness has been a large contributing factor in the way I have begun to change and see things. This simply means being aware of what is going on around me at any given moment with a sense of calm and peace. I does not change who I am in Christ, but it does reinforce what I believe and how I live. And, living intentionally requires purpose, discipline, commitment, focus, and just showing up.

Recently, my fellowship group finished reading a book by Erwin Raphael McManus called, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life. I was skeptical about this book in the beginning, but over the course of ten or so weeks, the things I read, and learned really helped me to reexamine the way I live. Sometimes you realize there are people that will hold you back, and keep you from moving forward. Sometimes you will be in a situation where there is great risk, but the reward is greater. Sometimes you will realize that you cannot go at life alone, and you need to “find your people” or your “tribe,” as it is sometimes mentioned. This book helped me to realize that I cannot quit, that I cannot give up, that I must endeavor until the very end, and to live a life that is blessed, and full of love, and part of the community that God has designed. This book helped me to understand myself better, and to start seeing what I want to do in life. It is from this that living intentionally is important.

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