Can being an intentional person have a downside? Is it possible to be so intentional that one suffocates all spontaneity, joy, and “space” for surprise? Christian thinker Os Guinness writes: “For as modern people, we are all to be ‘on purpose’ or ‘purpose-driven.’ We are all to gauge our lives by their constant ‘intentionality.’ We are all to have ‘mission statements’ and ‘measurable outcomes’ to ‘maximize’ every half hour of our waking moments” (The Call). Efficiency is not always healthy from a mental and emotional viewpoint. Efficiency should not always be the goal. Efficient is not the same as excellence. How do you measure whether a day was successful?
I want to recommend an article about the Protestant notion of “vocation” that I have found really helpful and enjoyable. Do you want a stronger sense of God’s purpose for all of life? Then read Gene Edward Veith’s article: “The Doctrine of Vocation.”
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