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Choosing intentionality

The past few weeks, Rebecca and I have been ‘on the road’. Out of all the visits we made and the conversations we had, one word stands out in summary: intentionality.  Over and over again, we saw the power of intentionality and the fruit that flows from a deliberate choice to ‘be intentional’. intentional

The amazing thing is that it is not limited to one area or aspect of our work.

  • While on the campus of Sydney Missionary & Bible College, we saw fellow WT workers move towards students to listen to them and share with them the passion and adventure of sharing the Gospel and discipling others in cross cultural contexts.
  • While sitting in on one of our Sending Country board meetings, we heard discussion about intentionally approaching foundations and others for the funding needed to place mobilizers in key locations to share the vision of World Team.
  • While in Cambodia, we visited a ministry that responds to the total needs of the poor, but with an intentional focus on discipling workers in needed skills and new believers in their walk with Christ.
  • While visiting with long time friends in Austral Asia, we heard of their intentional efforts to raise up 2-3 new leaders within their group for the future.

Intentionality is not the same thing as having good intentions. Intentionality is a conscious choice on our part to proactively engage others.  It calls for us to give of our time, our wisdom, and our investment.

The amazing thing is that as we are intentional with others, so will they be as well in their work with others.

 

2 Responses

  1. Great word for us all. SOOOOOO true as well. It really means that one must make the effort to push outside of oneself to move toward others.

  2. Intentionality is not something that comes easy to most of us. We all have ‘good intentions’, but acting on those good intentions takes a willingness to move towards others rather than waiting for them to move towards us.

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