Daily Intentions

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I wake up every day with great intentions. I am a list maker. I must be very organized and scheduled in order to fit all my responsibilities into my days. Every day, I do my best to accomplish my goals. Every day I stumble; I fall; I falter; I am weak. I am human. We are all human. We wake up each day with an opportunity to receive the day’s blessings. We may start off with the right intentions, but more times than not, by the end of the day we are depleted. We may not have been able to accomplish our goals, and we feel discouraged that we did not succeed in completing our list. Why is it we tend to focus on our shortcomings instead of our successes? Why do we think we have failed if we did not complete what we had set our mind to do? Who sets the standards of these goals anyway? Most of the time we set ourselves up for this ‘failure’. This is not failure at all. This is unrealistic expectations of ourselves. God does not want us to be task seekers. God wants us to be on fire for His own heart. The quality and character of our lives is not measured by physical accomplishments. Our lives will be remembered by the hearts we touch; the seeds we plant in others; and the love we share on a daily basis. As I strive to be more like a ‘Mary’ in a ‘Martha’ world, I must make a daily commitment to refrain from getting caught up in daily ‘tasks’. I pray you will analyze your own life. Take the time to create relationships built on love and encouragement. It is then that you will see the fruits of your daily intentions.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” LUKE 10:38-42

“This is my command: Love each other.” JOHN 15:17

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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