Living Intentionally After the Job’s Done

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I don’t know about you, but after a huge push to accomplish a big task, my whole body tends to revolt. Exhaustion hits, emotions crumble, and spiritual attacks threaten.

Have you noticed a similar pattern in your life? Maybe after purchasing or moving into a new home, you experienced some sort of breakdown—physical, emotional, or spiritual? Perhaps after receiving that big promotion you’d been working toward, life suddenly felt hollow? Similar feelings can surface with something as simple as finishing a good book—you wonder, how will the Lord speak to me now?

Reaching our goals is a good thing, but if we reach a goal without a plan for new direction, we might (at best) feel at a loss or (at worse) find ourselves open to the enemy’s attack.

One Month After Release

I find myself at this crucial juncture. The Pharaoh’s Daughter released on March 17th, just over a month ago, and most of the contests, interviews, and promotions have ended. Life will soon settle into its normal rhythms again, and I want to be faithful to ask the Lord, “What’s next?”

Before my heart and mind have opportunities to wander off course, I’ve determined to be intentional about seeking His direction.

Did you catch that important word? Intentional.

Jesus Sets the Example

During the past two weeks, I’ve heard the same Scripture shared from three separate sources—a Bible study, a sermon, and my mom. When this happens, I know God is using His 2 x 4 method of communication to make His point crystal clear to me. Here’s the passage:

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end…Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet…” John 13:1-5 (emphasis added)

Jesus found Himself in a circumstance much like the intro I described—at the end of a VERY big task! He’d nearly completed His work on earth, so He was determined to act intentionally during His final hours based on the Truth He knew:

  1. The timing was right (hour had come).
  2. His motivation was right (loved his own).
  3. His identity was secure (belonged to God).
  4. His destination/goal was clearly defined (returning to God).

Living Intentionally

As I pray about what comes next for me, my heart must be as certain as Jesus was of those four things. If I proceed with MY plans before the timing is right or with wrong motivation, my commitments will wobble and my direction will wander. Living intentionally means being sure of timing, motivation, identity and purpose before beginning the journey.

What about you? Are you living intentionally—doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason? Are you secure in who you are and where you’re going—because you’re following the Good Shepherd?

Whether you’re at the end of a big project or in the middle of some hard questions, spend some time today asking God to cement the Truth into your spirit.


And the Final Bible Study Comment Winner is…Linda McFarland! Enjoy your necklace. Thank you to all who joined in with comments and questions. I hope the study was a blessing as you seek to intentionally live out God’s calling on your life!

Comments 7

  1. ‘intentionality’ (if that is a word) is exactly what I need. I feel that I am in a crossroads and am waffling about which direction to take. I have a tendency to question my purpose, my motives and my goals at every turn and when a decision is made, I second guess myself for days afterwards.

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  2. Wow that was so thought provoking. We all get to those places, those forks in the road where we have to stop and consider the aspects of each direction as we pray and listen. Sometimes I have spent too much time in that undecided position. As I have grown in Christ and know Him and His word a little better I am a little bolder. After considering, praying, searching the Word I have to come to a decision. So-I decide. But always I say to Jesus, I am going in such and such direction. If this is not the right decision/direction, I am counting on You to pull me back or in some way let me know the direction I am heading is not right. I can back up pretty quickly…but I have learned another lesson in this wonderful school with Jesus.

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      Roy and I heard a speaker say one time, “God can steer a moving vehicle much easier than a parked car.” Maybe that speaker copied your philosophy, huh? 😉 I don’t know who came up with it first, but I think it’s a good strategy! It’s certainly worked well for us during our 30+ years of marriage. We’ve run into a few roadblocks along the journey, but over all, I think the Lord has guided us even when we’ve taken a few back roads to get to the destination. 😉

  3. I’m a little slow in responding but with my upcoming surgery (May 14) I am overwhelmed with Dr. appts., tests, etc. I received the necklace and it reminds me to pray for you. Thank you so much. I have enjoyed the interactive Bible studies. The ‘next thing’ is sometimes scary but knowing God is in control makes it less so. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Linda

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