“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,

Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it” (Is 46:9-11)

A sister said to me recently: ‘Malia, one reason why I like you it is because you are always intentional in all you say and do…’ I was a little surprised. This is the first time anybody called me ‘intentional’. I did not know what to think about the ‘compliment’… So, I decided to look at the word ‘intentional’. What does it mean? This is what I found…

To be intentional it means to think before talking, to be calculate and deliberate; to do all things on purpose, considering the consequences. It means to have a strategy in life and to apply it; to be pre-planned and premeditated. It is a form of loving effectual wisdom. To be intentional you need to have a purpose. A purpose is God’s design for that action! It is the reason for which something exists, something is done, made or used. The purpose is the intended or desired result of an action. It is the end or the goal of anything done. This behavior is blessed by God. This is because God is a God of purpose. Everything God does has a purpose. He knows the end from the beginning because He planned that expected end.

The opposite of being intentional means to be accidental or impulsive. This describe a man who acts without thinking, swayed by evil forces outside his control. If someone is impulsive, it means that he acts on instinct, without thinking decisions through. This man talks for talking sake. He acts just for acting sake. He has no plan, no design, no strategy or purpose. He is foolish man, ignorant of the consequences of his words or actions. For example, if you worked for an entire year to save money for a car and then suddenly decided to spend it all on a ‘designer bag’ instead, that would be an impulsive purchase. This behavior always ends in regrets.

In Christ I declare: I am a child of God! I serve the only Loving God! I worship the only Living God! I have the mind of Christ! I do all things to the glory of God! I love God! I love people! It is my desire that the will, the plan and the design of God be done in my life! By the grace of God, I think and pray before I speak! I think and pray before I act! I take responsibility for my words and actions! I take risks loving people and speaking the truth in their lives! If they receive my words, both them and me shall be blessed together! If they reject my words, I let go and just go on. Life is too short to dwell on rejection. May I ever be intentional in all I say or do; in my marriage and in my relationship with all my children ( natural and spiritual)! May all I say and do give glory to God! In Jesus name, amen!

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