“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.” – Is. 30:8
For some people, the beginning of the year is the time to come up with New Year’s resolutions. Yet, how many follow through these resolutions? Even more, how many look at these resolutions at the end of the year and see whether they have achieved what they have resolved to do?
If you want to create changes in your life you may want to start making intentions at the beginning of the year instead of resolutions. What is the difference?
According to freedictionary.com, resolution is defined as “a course of action determined or decided on”. It can also mean firm determination. Obviously, it is dependent on one’s decision and one’s will power.
Intention on the other hand is “a course of action that one intends to follow”. Adding prayer to the intention invites the hands of God to help in its fulfillment. It offers human endeavors to divine interventions. It also asks God whether one’s personal purpose is in line with God’s purposes — if not, it allows God to realign one’s purpose to His purpose, to purify one’s desire and to see beyond personal motives. It also allows grace to flow so that each pursuit of the intention is blessed with the right opportunity and the perfect strategy. It is with intention that we witness God’s power at work, that we see how mightily we can achieve that which is humanly unachievable. It is also with intention that our personal pursuit seek to cooperate with the divine pursuit; that we witness how His mysterious ways achieve not only our own goals but how our achievements help others achieve their purposes as well.
We begin to see that when we try to fulfill our purpose in life we help others fulfill theirs. We see how our lives are intertwined with the people around us, the family and friends that we are gifted with. We begin to see that our faithfulness to simple tasks at hand will create a rippling effect that inspires others to be faithful with their own tasks. Intention. Let us write down the desires of our hearts as intentions. As we seek for His guidance to fulfill these intentions, He will ignite inspirations and ideas that we should be courageous enough to follow. With each step that we test, we grow in our confidence. We begin to learn His ways and see how He does things differently. We begin to trust more.
This trust and faith will even grow stronger when at the end of each year, we look at our lists of intentions and see how He has moved in each of the listed item, how He sometimes make adjustments, or how He surpasses our wildest dreams with an even wilder version of His. But first, you need to write down your intentions. Read it every day. Lift it in prayer and write down inspirations and ideas that will come your way.
May you start 2013 with grand intentions and witness His power at work in your lives! Let your spiritual adventure begin!