Many of us have wishes and desires but I think the idea of intention is much stronger. In several different contexts over the last few weeks, I’ve heard this directive, “Be Intentional!” and I think it’s great advice (as long as you’re intentional about the right things). See, there’s a big difference between wishing you had a strong marriage and being intentional about investing in the health of your marriage. Just like there’s a difference between wishing your child would respond more positively and being intentional about strengthening your relationship with him or her.
Summer is here. Schedules are a little different. Days are longer. Perhaps you have more flexibility or greater opportunity. Let’s all endeavor to be intentional about something that we’ve been lax on lately. Here are some ideas…
BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT MEETING WITH GOD – Establish prayer and Bible reading as a priority for the next 30 days. Get up early and meet with the creator of the universe. Read some scripture and pray. Jesus himself modeled intentionality for us here: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place , and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35
BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT INVESTING IN YOUR MARRIAGE – Men summer is a great time for simple dates with your bride. I’m amazed by how a small investment in listening to Stacy process her day helps her feel close to me. I must admit that it’s hard for me to just listen without making lots of comments and suggestions. But, I’m practicing phrases I learned from other wise men with healthy marriages… phrases like, “Tell me more.” “Then what happened?” “How can I help?”
Summer is a great time to ‘rejoice in the wife of your youth’. It’s also a great time for the complete teaching of Proverbs 5:15-19. Be intentional about looking up and practicing this wisdom from Solomon!
BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT INVESTING IN YOUR FAMILY – Summer is an awesome time to do things differently with your kids. Here are some great ideas:
- Evening bike rides
- Games in the yard
- Household projects
- Reading a book together
- Plan a trip together
- Date nights with Dad