Intention

Intention may be my most abused thought. If the amount of things I intended to do actually got done, I would be a rock star. Well, not a rock star. Probably more like an Elvis impersonator. But still. It would be epic.

The problem is, the amount of items I intend to accomplish are only a fraction of the items that actually get crossed off the list. Even on really good, productive days, I think through my “when I get around to its” and realize that list way outnumbers the “things I got around to”.

In today’s social media-saturated world, it’s easy to find yourself comparing your intentions with someone else’s, even without realizing it. Especially without realizing it.

When I really think about my list of intentions, many of them are things I “intend” to do because, true or not, I feel like I’m supposed to:

Work out, do a juice cleanse, make toilet paper rolls into cute little crafts with my children, actively play all day every day with aforementioned children, make an Instagram-worthy dinner, make an Instagram-worthy dessert, have a clean house, have an organized pantry, have white farm house-style couches while also having toddlers, have extravagant date-nights on a weekly basis, go to the beach, go to the mountains, read, and still go to bed by 10 o’clock.

It ain’t happening.

Here’s the thing—some of those are great intentions for others to have, but I do not need to project others’ intentions onto myself. When we were dating (or really just talking on the phone daily because we lived on two different continents), my now-husband said something incredibly profound: “You need to distinguish between good and best.”

Can I get an “Amen”? You and I need to live intentional lives. We need to spend quality time with our spouses. We need to pour into our children. We need one-on-one time with the Lord. And we need to do some of our other “intentions.” But we also need to be realistic. We need to prioritize and be reasonable with our expectations.

I am the first one to admit I tend to err on the side of giving myself grace instead of kicking my butt into gear. But I also expect perfection out of myself for the things that I do accomplish. And perfection isn’t reality.

So, what’s one thing you can do today to accomplish something on your list of well-prioritized intentions? Or what’s something you can do to give yourself grace? What do you need to take off your “intention” list so you can walk in freedom? What is one of the “good” things you can replace with the “best” thing?

How can you be a rock star (or an Elvis impersonator) today? I’ll be practicing my lip curl.

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