“Life is about moments: Don’t wait for them, create them.”

Zig Ziglar

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Some gifts are obvious while others are discovered. In some ways, moving has been a gift to me. It’s made me intentional. I’m more deliberate with putting things away immediately and keeping the house clean. I’ve become purposeful in how I spend my time and with whom I spend it with. Instead of letting the day unfold, I’m more conscious of the moments I have left in Omaha.

When people receive a life-threatening diagnosis, they no longer take things for granted, but become intentional with the time they do have. Making every moment count moves up to the front burner of their heart and mind. Asking God for His daily direction becomes the norm. They don’t want to waste the time they have left. Chance or planned encounters take on a whole new significance and meaning.

What if God wanted us to live like that every day, even if we weren’t moving out of state or possibly dying from disease? What would our days look like? What would we give up in order to make room for our priorities with people? Would our intercession increase, as we ask Holy Spirit to guide and direct our day? Would we purpose in our heart to stay pure and clean through repentance and forgiveness, not wanting anything to prevent intimacy with God and our loved ones?

We’re exhorted by Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” What would you do if you knew your days were numbered, as they are? How would you choose to spend your time? What kind of legacy do you want to leave to those you love the most?

I’m reminded of Keith Green who even though he didn’t know how early he would be taken to heaven, lived more fully for the Lord in his 28 years, than most people live in a life three times as long. His songs and books still make an impact today, to live a holy life, without compromise.

My days remaining in Omaha are numbered, therefore I’m intentional in how they’re spent. My desire is to spend them wisely and to finish well.

“Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.”


Relevant Reflections:

  1. If you knew you had only a few months left to live, how would you live differently?
  2. What changes do you need to make to live more intentionally?
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3 Responses to Intentionality

  1. Mary Kay Jensen says:

    Oh sweet Norma. This is perhaps your most powerful writing yet. Thank you for your insight and for the beauty of your words. How I will miss you. You will always and forever be a love song from God to me. 😥 I love you, friend. MK


  2. Linda Vice says:

    Yes, so true. We must live not only without regrets but with intention. That is often hard, especially for me since I moved from Omaha. May God bless you in your new place. I know you will be a blessing there.

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