In·ten·tion – noun – an aim, plan, objective, or goal.
At the beginning of a yoga class, we set an intention, a theme, read scripture, & say a prayer all to heighten our awareness and bring more of God’s goodness into our practice, and thus our life. An intention helps direct the path of our hearts, especially when our mind wanders off-center.
Since we’re at the beginning of a new year, new beginnings are on my heart. I’ve been in Hebrews 12 to set my 2020 intention. We all want to bring more purpose to our new year’s declarations, so they make a difference for the kingdom. Let’s hold each other’s arms up, surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses and transform together.
-Let’s throw off everything that hinders and entangles us so that we can put into action what He’s called us to do.
-Let’s run with perseverance the race marked out for us when things get tough.
-Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of our faith when the negative tape recorder starts playing, and we forget who we are and whose we are.
-Let us not become faint-hearted and weary, but remember Jesus endured the cross for us and is now seated on the throne at the right hand of God.
-Let’s submit to Him to produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
-Strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees.
-Make level paths for our feet so that the lame may be healed.
-Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy and see the Lord.
-See to it that no one falls short.
-Don’t let bitter roots grow up and cause trouble.
-Let us receive the kingdom that cannot be shaken, be thankful, and worship God with reverence and awe.
Thank you, 2019, for all the lessons you gave us. Thank you, 2020, for opportunities to do things far more significant. Thank you, Lord, for Hebrews 12, a framework to set priorities, and align ourselves with you the true Source, to manifest a life of value and meaning.
Let’s declare to God, Holy Spirit, ourselves, and others that we are devoted to living an intentional life with and for Him.
Let’s continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, in this new year of seeing new, believe in faith for the goodness of God to be revealed in our lives, and the lives of our family, and friends.
May the joys, and the challenges, the health diagnosis, the upcoming mission trip, the surgery on Thursday, the relationship struggle, the financial struggle, the grief, the plans we make, and the desires on our hearts be a race that we run well, and not give up hope, for Jesus is our living hope.
God loves you, and so do I.
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Hebrews 12 (TLB)