pre-game intentionality Romans 12:1-2

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2
The Message

in·ten·tion·al
adjective
done on purpose; deliberate.

The glorification of the word busy is something I recently determined needed to be stopped.  But how?  i still have a great deal to do, more ‘to do’ than time to ‘do it’ in.  And all this ‘busyness’ just as the definition determines does keep me occupied.  And I spend my most valued commodity: time-immersed in this unintentional busyness with nothing but the sweat on my brow to show for it at the 11th hour and then i’m too exhausted to do what really matters.  It’s frustrating.  That we are all so ‘well adjusted to our culture that we’re fitting in without even thinking about it’ as Romans 12 warns us.   Living life  ‘without even thinking’ is the chaos the world seems to lock us in and it’s mantra is ‘I’m busy’. Doing what?  All this stuff.  What stuff?  I don’t know, life stuff.  I don’t know is the problem.  We’re thoughtlessly going about life. Stuck in unintentional busyness.  And we do glorify it, constantly. “I’m so busy!”   And as I considered the words of Romans 12:1-2 thoughtfully, the first step is to re-focus.  To fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ instead of all this thoughtless doing and recognize what He wants from me.  Today, I was determined to change.  First step-intention-get serious about it with some thoughtful pre-planning so tomorrow I don’t start the bad habit all over again which Eugene Peterson describes as our cultures’ immaturity problem.  Fixing my attention on God I asked for change from the inside out.  Knowing God is the One capable of re-ordering my thinking (knowing the truth instead of believing the lie), feeling (understanding this is God’s will for me & trusting Him) and doing (committing to it actively) and that God alone will bring out the best in the way He uniquely designed me–we’re talking about His plans (prayer).   God is lovingly calling me to pursue time with Him so we can figure this strategy out together.  So we’re in the pre-game of this living life ‘with much thought’ intentionality of seizing the day-Carpi Diem.   It’s the call to give our time to God as an offering (something we offer up that has a cost associated with it) and let Him make the most of the minutes.   Because the command is accompanied with the promise- we will recognize God’s will.  We’ll get direction.  We’ll be driven by God’s purpose and God will bring out the best of us.   Be intentional.  It’s a high calling.