Intentional Living

Day 6 of 7 • This day’s reading


Over the past several days, you’ve probably noticed a theme developing: paying attention each day about how you relate to other people. It’s no accident that the last four days focused on your relationships with others—it was quite intentional!

After all, you don’t want to break the Law.

No, not the Law of Moses, and certainly not the law of the land.

It’s the Law of Significance, which says, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.”

That’s because the kind of life that everyone craves is a life of significance—a life that makes a difference.

And any lasting difference cannot be made alone.

You might want to challenge that statement, and there are probably plenty of people who have done amazing things by themselves…except that they had to do those amazing things with or for someone else, otherwise you wouldn’t have heard about it!

Needing people is nothing to be ashamed of; it’s something to be embraced. The most influential human being to ever live, Jesus Christ, had twelve disciples who served alongside him and continued His ministry after He ascended into heaven. We all need help.

But we more than help, we need the right people to help. We need partners who share our values. John outlines some key things that help you find like-valued people. Look for people who…

  • Think of others before themselves

  • Have a passion that’s contagious

  • Connect and provide great support

  • Show a can-do, creative spirit about challenges

  • Make a difference in you

The right partners, who share your values, will do more to help you lead a life of significance than anything else. You can hone your skills and develop your strengths, but without good people to help you, the impact you create will be less than you hoped for.

An intentional life requires intentional partners, because one is too small a number to achieve greatness.