So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least. I thank God for giving Titus the same devoted concern for you that I have. He was most considerate of how we felt, but his eagerness to go to you and help out with this relief offering is his own idea. We’re sending a companion along with him, someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message. But there’s far more to him than popularity. He’s rock-solid trustworthy. The churches hand-picked him to go with us as we travel about doing this work of sharing God’s gifts to honor God as well as we can, taking every precaution against scandal. —2 Corinthians 8:10-20 MSG

Remove the derailing power of reactive living.

Planning is a form of intentionality, in advance of all other demands it says: this is what is going to happen.

If we don’t get intentional, guess what? It will less likely become a reality.

The intentionality of saying this matters means when the demands come, and they will, when weariness kicks in, and it does, the intentional choices become the way to keep what really matters from disappearing into the sea of everything else .

Intentionality makes decisions in the present that go ahead and help shape, and even secure our future.

#TodaysTakeaway from Breathe by Charlotte Gambill


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