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Being Intentional

Editorial by Eli Rojas

The word intentional means that an action is taken on purpose. Interestingly, when it comes to the most important things in life, it often seems that few people treat them with an intentional mindset.

Maintaining a marriage, family life, career and even our spiritual walk with God is often driven by happenstance. Ellen White speaks on the benefits of living purposefully: “The soul that is indolent falls an easy prey to temptation; but in the life that has a noble aim, an absorbing purpose, evil finds little foothold” (Prophets and Kings, p. 660).

What would happen if we were always intentional about the important things in life? Think of how you could enhance your marriage or spiritual life because you made the decision to choose positive habits over mere chance. Imagine your family growing to the next level in relationships and connectivity as you become more intentional about pursuing a better life together. The possibilities are endless!

This renewed life starts with you and your relationship with God. Ellen White continues, “The faith of him who is constantly advancing does not weaken; for above, beneath, beyond, he recognizes Infinite Love, working out all things to accomplish His good purpose” (Ibid.).

John 3:16 and John 4:1–3 tell us of God’s intentions for our lives, proving His continuous love for us. Be intentional about spending quality time with God daily. Be intentional about making your prayer life more real. Be intentional in your service to God, and decide that you will be a true disciple of His.

Eli Rojas serves as the ministerial director for the Chesapeake Conference.

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