This year’s HCA Banquet theme is “Intentional.” Hear what some of our faculty has to say about living intentionally!
BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT YOUR INTENTIONS
Good Intentions (noun) – ideas that you plan to carry out
Living Intentionally (verb) – to act with a deliberate purpose
“Intention” is a noun; “Living Intentionally” is a verb. Anyone can have good intentions. We all want good things for our lives. But what good are good intentions without actions behind them? Living intentionally takes deliberate actions to carry out our purpose.
On the first day of school this year, HCA challenged our students to live the year intentionally – to be intentional in their academics and schoolwork, in their accountability with their fellow classmates and believers, and in their relationships with each other and with those outside of our community. It has been a theme woven throughout the entire school year, and has even been adopted as this year’s Senior Homeroom focus. As members of the HCA community, and as believers, we are called to live intentionally.
So what does living intentionally really mean?
1) Being intentional means being intentional about being intentional! That is to say, we need to intentionally seek out the areas in our lives in which God would have us be more intentional. We’re all so busy in our day-to-day lives. If left to our own devices, we could easily blow through life, missing what the Lord has put in front of us. But we have to intentionally ask God to open our eyes to the opportunities He will provide for us to be intentional.
2) Being intentional means doing things we wouldn’t do naturally. Living intentionally is the opposite of “living by default.” If we naturally did the things we wanted to be intentional about doing, there would be nothing to be intentional about. Intentional living requires proactive effort and decision-making outside of what we would normally do. Being intentional doesn’t come naturally, so we need the Lord’s supernatural help.
3) Being intentional means being willing to be made uncomfortable. In stepping out and doing things we wouldn’t do naturally, we may be stepping outside of our comfort zones. Being intentional may stretch and challenge us, and at times even make us a little uncomfortable. In order to fully commit to intentionally following Christ, we have to be willing to be made uncomfortable.
Good intentions are just that – good. But they are useless we put actions behind them. The intention to help is good. We invite you to put action behind it and reach out to those in need. The intention to give is good. We invite you to put action behind it and give of your resources toward advancing the Kingdom. The intention to support HCA is good. We invite you to put action behind it; to step out of your comfort zones and lean on the supernatural help of the Lord, and to invest in the work God is doing here. We invite you to join us on our journey to be intentional about what the Lord has called us to.
PE Teacher & Coach
ARE YOU LIVING INTENTIONALLY?
Our bookstores are stocked with self-help books, including those with what I like to call “Christianese” language. Everyone seems to have an answer or a suggestion on what it means to live in a meaningful and transcendent way. The problem is, we forget the transcendent. We make it all about us. We either leave God out, or we simply give Him lip service. Do you see the tragedy in this? We long for lasting meaning and purpose in life, but we forget the One who gives us our meaning and purpose to begin with. Our chief end in life is to “glorify God and to enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism). We find maximum joy and maximum freedom in our lives only when our wills are submitted to the will of the One who made us for His pleasure.
We are made for His pleasure; He does not exist for ours. When we think in terms of the latter, it can only lead us down a spiral of despair and defeat. So, how do I live intentionally? I can begin to live intentionally only when I discover the grand purpose of God in my life. And what is that purpose? Is it my personal happiness? My prosperity? My health? No. These things are far less important than God’s grand design for the lives of His children. God’s ultimate purpose in our lives doesn’t begin with me, and it won’t end with me. Humanism couched in Christian terms is still humanism. No, the ultimate purpose of God in the lives of each of His children is to conform us into the Image and Likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29). It is only when we begin to realize that it is through dying to self (my will, my life, my health, my wealth) that we truly begin to live.
God is good. He has purposed to save you and He has purposed to sanctify you. He has also purposed to glorify you (but that’s yet future). In the meantime, are you submitted to His will? Are you seeking His purpose for your life? Do you realize that “you are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)? Can we say with the great Apostle, “I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)? Paul understood the key to living intentionally. It was less of Paul and more of Christ. Have you discovered the secret to living intentionally? Soli Deo Gloria!
HCA Teacher, MS Bible & HS Government