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Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24 ESV, Luke 13:22-14:6 ESV, Psalm 79:1-13 ESV, Proverbs 12:26 ESV

Daily Verse: “He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:22 ESV

POREIA (4197) & POIEO (4160): “Poreia: to a purposeful journey, Lk 13:22 and describes the purposeful ways a rich man lives his life.” [i] Poieo: “to make, to do” and is used of the bringing forth of fruit.” [ii]

Purposeful journey.

Everywhere Jesus went, He had a purpose. Telling parables along the way, Jesus revolutionized the world with His teachings on love, grace, and mercy. Jesus wasted no movements, doing everything with intentionality.

When I first became a tennis coach, one of my trainers told the class to “Make every motion count.” At first, I didn’t know what he meant. But as I’ve coached over the last seven years, I now understand. Whether the student’s tossing a ball, warming up for class, or playing a point, everything works towards improving their game.

Intentional movement.

Adopting an attitude of intentional movement in coaching means everything I teach has a purpose. When five-year-olds learn how to bounce a ball, they will progress to hitting it, then moving to hit it, etc. Every motion becomes coachable.

Walking with intention with Christ means understanding; every word you say, every action you take, matters to God and the Kingdom. Building people up instead of tearing them down results in Kingdom work. Every obstacle you overcome helps you become a better servant to the Master.  God wastes nothing, every motion matters.

Ask yourself this question:  Do people know you as an encourager or a discourager? You can cheer people on to victory or tear them down. The words you use and your actions make a difference in someone else’s life. Please don’t underestimate the power you have to spur someone on to great things or tear them down. 

God gave us a purpose: love Him and others entirely and unconditionally. Becoming intentional on your journey means making every moment matter. Move forward intentionally, taking every opportunity to share God’s love with those you meet.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 207) Thomas Nelson

[ii] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 205) Thomas Nelson

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