We didn’t know much when we first married. And through a series of poor choices, including buying a dog on credit, ended up losing everything. Our car, our furniture, our home. And our woes didn’t end there. Our marriage, after infidelity, nearly fell apart as well. By then we were parents. And faced with the dilemma of raising children alone, I nearly aborted our second child.
We had plenty of problems, debt, and pain. The only things we really lacked were peace and wisdom. And our story could have taken various paths at that point. Even going from bad to worse.
In our search to make sense of life we wondered, “Why are we even born, if it’s just to face so many difficulties, and go through senseless routines day after day? To then to just die and have it all end here?”
Until we heard two promises that answered our questions. And changed our lives forever.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life ( John 3:16).
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
We realized that’s what we wanted and needed. That was what we had been searching for our whole lives.
So when we heard his call of “Follow me,” we knew we wanted to spend our lives with him and for him. And this has brought us the hope, joy, and future we longed for.
In walking with Christ, learning to be like him and love as he loved — our lives are filled with purpose and meaning. And with the joy of helping others find this for their lives too.
And that’s why we started trying to live more intentionally.
Because we’re surrounded by a hurting, confused world. People are searching for answers. And for someone vulnerable enough to say, “I know what you mean. I’ve been there too. But there are answers. There is hope. There is a future.”
We want to live wide-awake, trying to become intentional in all we do. Because little things do matter. Small acts of kindness can touch hearts. Every dime we spend can make a difference. And sounding the message that God’s mercy and love are new every morning can offer someone the hope that perhaps life is worth living, after all.
Life is a beautiful gift. Too short for us to waste it. And too precious for us to live it without consciously appreciating and savoring it.
Let’s get intentional!
[Image taken from our back yard, ©TheScorziellos-Sheila]