Living With Intention in 5775: Week 16

Shalom! I hope everyone is having a blessed day. We are in week sixteen of our challenge. This week’s challenge was suggested by our dear sister Jane. She has recently left FB for a much needed break from social media and has been experiencing an excess of time which FB used to fill. So, this week, we are going to join her in evaluating what we do with and how we spend our time.

Some questions to keep in mind this week:

  • Is it productive?

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Master Yeshua Messiah. (2 Peter 1:5-8)

  • Is it intentional?

“I know also, my G-d, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.
“O L-RD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. (1 Corinthians 29:17-18)

  • Are we helping others or ourselves?

This is what the L-RD of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.
“Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing. (Zechariah 7:9-11)

  • Are we drawing near to our Creator?

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:22-25)

Blessings and Shalom,