Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that comes in a very small box but supposedly a large piece of furniture is packaged inside. Usually these can be purchased at IKEA! You've seen them...they come with step by step picture directions and often in the upper left hand corner is this...
A picture of a couple of tools that without them...you will NEVER be able to complete the furniture piece properly. The tools are usually simple in nature...a screwdriver, a wrench, and a hammer. Tools that many of us have just laying around but when we put them to intentional use we end up with a beautiful piece of furniture! (we usually have to bring patience along as well!)
On my quest of INTENTIONAL LIVING… I've realized that for me some tools are required! I am quite certain that every person has their own set of tools...some might be the same and some might be different but they are usually simple, usually available, and just need to be put to intentional use.
For me to be intentional, day after day, consistently, on purpose...some tools are required! This is what my tool list looks like...
My tools are my Bible, My Fitness Pal, my To Do List, and my calendar.
My Bible is the tool that helps me to make sure I stay on the right path...between the guard rails. And I will be honest, I am not always as diligent as I need to be. My mornings get away from me, my quiet time gets overrun with other things. BUT...it has to be my 1st INTENTIONAL tool! God's Word is living and powerful...alive and active! It is how the Lord communicates with me and how my relationship with Him grows. It is essential and REQUIRED!
My Fitness Pal is a tool to help me intentionally be mindful of my health and my body. It is a tool that truly helps me to be aware (on purpose) of the items that I put in my body and how often I get up and move. My body is a temple...and I only get this one! So this is a REQUIRED tool for me that keeps me accountable and focused to INTENTIONALLY be healthier and more active in 2016.
My To Do List causes me to prioritize the things that must be done and the things that might be able to wait but it also allows me to visually see what I am accomplishing on purpose. For me...a To Do List is a REQUIRED tool in order to be INTENTIONAL with my time! I might even write things on it that have already been accomplished when I am feeling overwhelmed and nothing is getting marked off the list quickly!
My Calendar is what allows me to look ahead and know what is coming so that I am prepared and not taken off guard. When you are trying to be INTENTIONAL with your time, relationships, health, etc it is important to know what's on the horizon so to the best of your ability you can plan ahead.
These are my REQUIRED tools...yours are probably different BUT I bet you have some. Many are probably laying around..so take some time to identify your required tools and then make sure they aren't rusted, damaged, or unusable so that you can put them to intentional use...on purpose! When we use our practical tools as the Lord leads we just might end up with a beautiful life!
Here's to a more INTENTIONAL 2016!