Dec 03, 2019

How to Live with Intention

I recently listened to a word from the Lord on wisdom. As PKs, our role in the church can be confusing and oftentimes daunting.


However, it is what we do with this knowledge that reflects our true character. Psalm 1 talks about the happy man that doesn’t join a group of mockers or engage in sin. Verse 2 and 3 outline his path.

“How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that bears its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.”

Psalm 1:1-3 HCSB

The most important word here is INSTEAD. This indicates a counteraction. The happy man’s delight is in the LORD’S instruction and that is his heart’s focus. He bears fruit IN SEASON and his leaves do not wither.

Here’s my take away. We’ve all heard “to whom much is given, much is required.” (Luke 12:48) It is essential as a PK to draw strength from your roots. Drink from the Living Water that is God’s Word.

I struggle with anger. I struggle with shame. These things have come, in part, because of my life what I have experienced over the years in my life – injustice, rape, judgment, bullying, things out of my control. At times, I have let those feelings overtake me and make me bitter.

Let me introduce you (or perhaps reintroduce you) to the word intentionality. The happy man meditates day and night on the Lord’s instruction. He intentionally keeps his mind in the Living Water, planting himself by the food of life. His leaves do not wither.

This world and the pain we experience and see each day can cause bitterness, anger, and sorrow. I’ve been in that place and I still go to that place sometimes. Here’s the thing: we MUST draw strength from the God of the universe! If we are intentional to keep our eyes and heart set on the Lord’s instruction, our leaves will prosper and we will bear fruit. Our leaves are things like church, family, friends, faith, and culture.

Consider this: Everything around us is directly affected by our intentionality to meditate on the Lord’s instructions and Word. Even in our actions, we can cultivate the culture for Christ. If we are not intentional, we are not allowing God to speak boldly through us and we lose sight of the calling God has bestowed upon us. This means our brothers and sisters in Christ and the world around us lose out.

Dear ones: you have a voice. You have a purpose. You have a calling on your life. Anger wants to take the throne of your heart, but take it from me, the joy comes in the morning and it is FAR more profitable than sitting in this place. Break free from your pain. God wants your heart. He loves you so much.

By <a href="" target="_self">Sarah Olson</a>

By Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson has been a pastor's kid for over 30 years – her entire life including right now! She is also a pastor's wife. Her husband, Erik, is the Administrative Pastor for a homeless ministry in Texas. Together, they have two children, Aspen and Drake, two cats, Frankie and Pudge, and four chickens – a zoo indeed! Sarah is a stay at home mom that does contract graphic design work. She and her husband own a photography business. She graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian School Education. Her years in the ministry have equipped her with a passion to see pastor's kids of all ages thrive in their circumstances and better understand their unique calling.