In a culture of quick fixes the glance-by method works well on the go, but not so much for the more important things. Like life.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. Jas 1:23-25
Intentionality requires concentration. It means to have the mind and will focused on a specific purpose.
James tells us that engaging both the mind and the will in doing that which we know to do will bring freedom. Doing so requires going deeper, staying longer, and listening well to the Spirit. It also calls for a willingness to admit weakness, to be flat-out wrong, and to be teachable.
The past two weeks have been a waiting room of sorts for me as I waited on test results that could’ve changed my life quite a bit. Funny thing is, it would be the lessons learned while waiting that would prove to be the catalyst for change—not the test results (which turned out good).
I encourage you to look at your mirror differently today. When you pass it by, consider who is staring back at you. The real you. Resist the urgency to look elsewhere. Linger. Stay awhile. Listen. Receive.