Living With Intention in 5775: Week 2

This week we’ll be taking a cue from our Father Abraham.

In Genesis 12, it says:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Like Abraham, our challenge this week is to step out in faith in some way and/or to step out of our comfort zone to do something we wouldn’t normally be inclined to jump up and do. The goal of this challenge is, ultimately, like our Father Abraham, to be a blessing to those around us.

Note: These weekly challenges are not about getting the concepts and executing them perfectly everytime. It is about your intentions.

I shared last week with a group of friends that I think the proper perspective is to recognize when we’ve not lived up to our best intentions, repent and move on to the next opportunity. If we think about it, there is no real failure. Every test from Abba is meant to teach us, about ourselves, about Him, and about how much we need Him to empower us to live godly lives. The key is “selah”–pause and reflect.

I think author Randy Pausch explains challenges very well when comparing them to brick walls:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

So will you take this week’s challenge? I hope you will.

A good and intentional week to you all!

Shalom and blessings,