Living with Greater Intention was the title that emanated months ago when I began to think about our second edition of Eyes of Faith Magazine. I knew it was no accident because God was being busy conveying that message! When I read scripture, listened to NPR, spoke to students, glanced at highway billboards, stopped and listened closely to lyrics, read St. Augustine’s prayers, discovered an uplifting website, the “intentionality” for living faith filled lives and impacting others for greater good was there.
Prayers of Saint Augustine:
God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and wear us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech you; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise.
(From Prayers of the Saints: An Inspired Collection of Holy Wisdom, ed. Woodeene Koenig-Bricker – San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1996)
So I realized it was no mistake what God had planted in my spirit! When you think about all of the accomplished folks in your personal circles and in the world, what comes to mind about their character and calling? Is it their dogged persistence, their resolve that no matter what life flings their way it won’t hinder their mission? Is it their demeanor, faith, prayer life, outstanding creativity, insight, amazing, wisdom, wit, fortitude-what exactly is it? In my estimation it may be a combination of those traits! Certainly it’s personal, plain and simple! God has planted something deep down within them and it can’t be fettered. God has fashioned them to move from the fray, battle if they must but not wallow in the ashes of discontent, but to instead rise like a phoenix, hearts singed and surely better for the trial. Thank God for their fortitude and sticktoitiveness. Yes, it’s a blessed gift to live with greater intention.
So my friends without a doubt each of the selections you peruse in this second issue of Eyes of Faith Magazine know that the featured person’s life experience is verdant with promise and they are vigilant about their calls in life. We salute each of them for their wonderful endeavors. Learn of their passions and take heart as you too fix your gaze with eyes of faith. Go on and live life on purpose and with greater passion. We wish you God’s continued blessings now and in the coming year 2011.
Revived & Overjoyed!
Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine