Benjamin Franklin fascinates me. I have read several biographies on him, and although I doubt that he was a Christian, his character is worth reviewing. One thing that you will notice about Franklin was his obsession with the concept of living intentionally.
Every morning he wrote out his goals for the day. He scribbled this question on the top of his daily planner: “What good should I do this day?” He was looking to accomplish something meaningful. And at the end of each day, he asked himself and evening question: “What good have I done today?
In between those two questions he lived his life on purpose. He had things he wanted to get done. He was a very accomplished individual.
You and I many never rise to the level of Mr. Franklin’s accomplishments, but we ought to be just as driven, driven to live our lives in a manner that pleases Christ. We should be living each day according to I Cor. 10:31 where we are enjoined to “do all to the glory of God.”
We too need to be intentional. Our schedules need to reflect thoughtful goals and spiritual intentions (things like Bible reading, prayer, meditation, scripture memory). We should be purposeful about our activities, our plans for accomplishments and pause long enough to reflect on what happened each day.
Otherwise, we may find ourselves in a predicament like Alice as she was searching for a way out of Wonderland. When she came to a fork in the road, she asked the Cheshire Cat for advice. Alice asked, “Which road should I take?” The Cat replied, “Where are you going? Alice said that she didn’t know. And then the Cat replied again, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
This week let’s choose our roads very carefully. Let’s know where we want to go. Let’s be intentional about our personal, family and spiritual goals. Let’s think through our activities, being careful about our free time.
Imagine what we might get done if we lived life on purpose!