Beyond Intentionality

There is an exponential amount of movement in the Kingdom of God at this present moment in history. At Word Alive our hot pursuit of FREEDOM has opened doors and led us through unimagined vistas. We have embraced moving beyond challenges and trust me, there have been more than a few, to live in complete, and total, rest on every side. That seems impossible doesn’t it? When put in perspective having rest (peace) on every side seems like an unobtainable dream. The big three of societal norms: politics, religion, and if you are an American, the right to the pursuit of happiness, are all being rocked. Foundational truths that we have clung to have dissipated like a fine mist rising from hot asphalt after a summer shower. Everywhere we look there is turmoil on every side but in the midst of turmoil we really can live in peace. Moving beyond intentionality means that we have to do just that: move. The key to moving is that we have to have a destination. Living an intentional life is different from having intentions. Living a life full of motion and movement does not always mean we are leaving one geographical terrain for another but rather that there is a shift, new momentum, new energy, or synergy that is taking place in our lives. I read this recently and it is worth quoting here, “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it is about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” Recently, someone that I really respect asked me what I believe my God-given mission on earth is. I responded immediately by answering that bringing joy to others is what I believe is my mission. Even as I said it out loud I started thinking about what that really means and is that who I am and am I accomplishing that mission. That led me to do a little personal inventory and I read this by Richard Rohr, “I thought that being faithful was about becoming someone other than who I was and it was not until this project failed that I began to wonder if my human wholeness might be more useful than my exhausting goodness…” In order to share joy I believe you have to have joy. Nehemiah 8:10 has been my go to scripture for years, “Go and enjoy food and sweet drinks, and send to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” In a nutshell, that describes my identity. I can do many things, some of them really well, and some only passably. I am teachable and submitted therefore I will try anything if directed but I am happiest preparing food and sweet drink, sending to those who have nothing prepared, grieving when it is appropriate but not to despair, and trusting that joy in the Lord is my strength. That shift has become my destination. Your destination may not be mine and mine may not be yours, but in this move beyond intentionality I have secured peace on every side. There have been quite a few things I have had to let go of including way too many responsibilities, old endings and even new beginnings. In doing so I have experienced quite a bit of unbecoming who I thought I was supposed to be and in the process I have discovered that my human wholeness is definitely more useful and certainly more joyful. 

Beverly Mattox

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