Intentionality: Lent, Easter and the Walk for Water

Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! You’re already good at it; your friends all over the province of Macedonia are the evidence. Keep it up; get better and better at it. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 The Message

In Spanish, lento = slow/ lentamente = slowly. Lent is the time to slow down. To reflect. To think on what might be getting in our way with our relationship with God and turn back toward Him. This is why we “give something up”. Whether it’s Netflix or chocolate or a myriad of other behaviors or things, the idea is that when we reflexively go to our “thing”, we are meant to have to slow down and remember and focus on Him. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this. I LOVE the idea of it…but the practice of it is difficult for me. I set out to take time to slow down, pray more, spend more time being aware of God’s presence, and yet I’m left with “life”. Life doesn’t stop, so how can I possibly slow down? It takes a great deal of INTENTIONALITY on my part. I must intentionally set aside time for it to happen…or it just won’t. I have to schedule it into my calendar like a meeting or it won’t happen. Time just washes over me like the ocean over the sand. Anyone with me on this?

Easter. How did it get here so quickly? The older I get, the faster time goes. Oh boy! I’m officially old now having said that! I think time goes faster because I get busier. I “lose track” and time just keeps moving forward. I’m not intentional with my time, I’m just super busy…and it slips through my hands. Can anyone else relate? So here we are at Easter…Christ’s resurrection. I often try to imagine what it must have been like for the women at the tomb. The women a bit taken aback by the news. A bit? Perhaps an understatement! But it was God’s PLAN. Plan. Intention. On purpose. Deliberate. God is intentional isn’t He? And we are made in His image. Meant to grow more and more like Christ. Hmmmm…

The Walk for Water. May 20 this year. 10am. Each year this event takes me back to when our youngest, Greta, (now 18!!!! Talk about time flying!) was just 7 going on 8. I will never forget that moment in our kitchen. We were watching videos of young girls walking for water. I remember her face, her eyes, her anger, as she first realized what that meant. Her beautiful young face looking up at me and asking “Mommy? You mean they can’t just go to the faucet to get water like we can?” and her following indignation, “That’s NOT fair!!”. And so it began. The walk is now in it’s 10th year. She is going off to college for Social Justice Studies with a heart to change the “That’s not fair” situations of this world. And I think “What if … what if we weren’t intentional about teaching the kids about the wrong in our world? What if we just wrote the monthly donation check to support our sponsored child and had her photo hang on the fridge without further mention? What if we never intentionally spent time digging into what life is like for our sponsored child so our kids could understand…so they could learn to love, encourage and bless? What if….??”

There it is again…INTENTION. Intentional. Intentionality. Intentionally. Whatever form, noun or verb or adjective…our God is intentional and we are to be as well. Alert and aware. We aren’t meant to walk through this world letting time pass us by. We are meant to live intentionally. With purpose…not just allowing time to wash over us like the ocean over the sand. I can think of no greater purpose as parents than to INTENTIONALLY teach our children how to love, encourage and bless others in our world. And to “keep it up” and continue to “get better and better at it” as 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 tells us.

If you’d like to have your family join in on the water effort, please use the curriculum we’ve developed in the weeks prior to the May 20 Walk for Water event. We hope that it helps you and your family in the effort to live intentionally. (Find it under the Walk for Water link on the home page)


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