GIDD- Good Intention Deficit Disorder
Good Intention Deficit Disorder can be defined as: purposeless action that lacks meaning. It is busyness without boundaries – activity without accomplishment.
But the LORD told him, “You wanted to build the Temple
to honor my name. Your intention is good.”
1 Kings 8:18 (NLT)
What characterizes the happiest, most successful people around us? They are INTENTIONAL about whom they want to be and what they want to achieve, given the specific time they have been allotted.
The power of intentionality means that every great accomplishment starts with great intention. You must have a clear purpose behind all meaningful action. Your intention must get your attention, because you will get more and more of what you are giving your energy to. When you give your attention to an offense, you will get more of it.
Without clear intentions, we will remain distracted, because everyone else’s intention will get our attention. Advertisements attempt to get your attention daily; they are engineered so that you will accept their intention for you. We receive anywhere from 3,000 to 20,000 advertisements per day. Add to that the news and requests from friends, family, co-workers, bosses, politicians and everyone else who wants a piece of you; it can become unbearable.
Whatever you give attention to becomes your intention. Good or bad, great or small, positive or negative – it is all the same, and you must be discerning. You only have so much energy, time and resources, and you must not waste them on other people’s intentions, unless their intentions are aligned with yours. This is why I would never work at a job that does not have a clear mission and values that are aligned with mine.
Either your intention will create your attention, or your attention will create your intention. The former is purposeful; the latter is by default. Why is this important? If you do not have a clear and precise intention about your life, then, by default, others will decide for you where you will go and who you will be. That is a frightening prospect, but it is where most people live.
Start being more intentional about your walk with Jesus, your career, your social relationships, your marriage, your money and your health. Did I leave anything out? After you have become more intentional, develop the habits necessary so that your intentions become completions.
“It is God who, for his own generous purpose, gives you the intention and the powers to act.” Philippians 2:13 (NJB)
LIVE ON PURPOSE!
Just a thought.
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