During the first few months of 2020, Restoration Church is taking some time during our gatherings to highlight the Values piece of our Vision Frame. This tool (Vision Frame) was developed by Will Mancini and consists of five sections: Mission, Strategy, Values, Measures, and Vision Proper. We will look at each of these pieces over the coming months, but for now, we will focus in on Values. Your values seek to answer the question of why we do what we do?
In the early days of Restoration Church, we defined four Values that we would live by (Intentionality, Sincerity, Locality, Multiplication). Throughout January, we focused in on INTENTIONALITY. What does it mean to be intentional? Can you live life accidentally?
It seems simple; do things on purpose. I can do that, right? If you were to grade yourself on how intentional you were yesterday, what would your grade be? Were you intentional with your time? Were you intentional with your choices? Were you intentional with your job? Were you intentional with your family? The list of evaluation questions can go on forever.
The reality is that INTENTIONALITY is rooted in discipline. When we are intentional, we choose to do one thing instead of another. Sometimes those choices are harder than other times. The Bible speaks to this in Hebrews 12:11.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
Discipline is not a glamorous thing, but it’s worth it. Think about a moment where you intentionally chose to do something that maybe you didn’t initially want to do. Was it worth it? How did you feel afterwards?
As a church, we want to be intentional with our time and resources. For us to be intentional, we must have this shared conviction. God has called us to a specific mission, which leads us to be intentional with our time and resources as we serve Him.
Let’s finish with a little reflection. Would you consider these reflection questions:
How can I be intentional with my time?
How can I be intentional with my resources?
How can I be intentional with my job?
How can I be intentional with my family?