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Living Intentionally Again

Posted by admin in February 12th, 2009
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The InterVarsity Press contract arrived in the mail yesterday. Truly it was a beautiful thing to behold. The publisher asked me on the phone if I could have the manuscript finished and in his hands by March 1, 2009. SURE! No problem. Then yesterday I opened the contract and there it was in black and white: March 1, 2009. The date was screaming at me and well, yes, I panicked! So, I noticed on blogstats that only two people have ever read my very first blog posted back in October of last year. If you don’t mind I am going to rerun that puppy, go back to the book and ask everyone for a whole lotta prayers! Thanks for reading, commenting and giving me a place. Hope you enjoy Living Intentionally! Peace.

I travel a lot. Not just overseas, but here at home as well. I meet new people almost weekly and I love it. But something that has started to concern me over the past few years is that I don’t find people living intentionally. Most folks it seems are living by default, or worse yet, by happenstance. This grieves me because I don’t think any of us were designed to live by default. I think we were designed specifically for this place and this time for a very specific purpose. (Shout out to Rick Warren). This sounds so corny and maybe a bit “John Olsteenish” but I think each of us has a Divine destiny to fulfill and unless we find that destiny, that purpose, we feel empty and incomplete. Discontentment can manifest itself in many ways. For example, it can become boredom, depression, addictions like overeating or drugs. Discontentment can manifest itself as consumerism. If I can just buy enough stuff I won’t feel so empty. In my opinion some of the social ills we encounter as a culture are due to us not finding and fulfulling our Divine destinies.

A guy named Paul once wrote, “We are God’s own handiwork…His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus, that we may do all the good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us to do taking paths which He prepared ahead of time for us that we should walk in them living a good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live before we were even born.” I like this guy Paul. He wrote this letter originally in Greek and the word he used there for “handiwork/masterpiece” is the Greek word poema. Yeah, like the English word poem. We are God’s poem created in Jesus Christ to do these good works that the living God planned ahead of time, even before we were born, to do. I strongly believe that if we do those good works then we get a real sense of contentment and peace. I love the old Academy Award winning movie Chariots of Fire. It is the story of Olympian Eric Liddell, a Scotsman who won gold in the 400 meters at the 1924 Olympics. His sister was scolding him once for wasting his time running and racing. He says to her, “Oh Mary, God made me fast and when I run I feel His good pleasure.” Maybe the key to true contentment and peace is doing something with our lives that is connected to God’s design so that we literally feel His good pleasure.

Well, this is my first posting on my very first blog. Thanks Kevin (you mad scientist) for helping me get set up. I hope this site can be helpful to others and not just the ramblings of a big, loud, white woman. I want to end this entry with a quote from Os Guinness’s book, The Call, which I highly recommend.

“…calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.”

FYI = Here’s a picture of Eric Liddell. May you experience God’s good pleasure today! Peace.

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69. lisafrey44 said,
February 12th, 2009 at 10:59 am

Teri, I’ve started reading your blogs, and had read this one, but hadn’t replied. I love reading your thoughts – you’re just full of stories and truth and wisdom and honesty. Love it! And I’ll pray that you complete the book on time. Exciting!!

70. ndhorton said,
February 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am

Teri, Great first blog. I agree that we need to live intentionally. More and more I’m coming to understand that intentional living means pursuing God instead of some God-honoring activity, no matter how great it may seem. Too often I substitue doing things FOR God for being WITH God (c.f., Ps. 37:4, Jer. 29:13).

I love the story of Eric Liddell. Back in December Misson Frontiers had a feature article on a new film project covering the second half of his life. It’s called The Flying Man, and it’s director, appropriately enough, is from China! I’ve put the Website above for when you need a break from writing. We’re praying for you as you burn the midnight oil 🙂

71. ndhorton said,
February 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oops! The website didn’t show up. Here it is: http://www.missionfrontiers.org/pdf/2008/06/06-09FlyingManArticle.pdf

72. admin said,
February 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Thanks Noel. I was wondering what happened to it. I just finished lunch and am going to take a look…Blessings!

73. margaret said,
February 13th, 2009 at 9:46 am

I am so stinking proud(Missori slang this Yankee has picked up! I love Misery…oops, I mean Missouri!)of you and Mike.
All our work is worship! (as the man, Os, has said) We bring the sacrifice of praise to His feet!
YOU CAN DO IT!(say with a Russian accent)
we will “pump you up”(again, Russian accent)with prayer!
I really want to go on book tour with you and of course, the Oprah show…we need to shake that girl with TRUTH!
May each of us be intentional this day to bring the Good News to those who need it!


77. texas sister said,
February 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

I am so delighted for you to “finally” get published!! WOO HOO!!! Intervarsity Press, man that’s big time!
You can bet your britches I’m praying my guts out for you and that other man who is writing with you…
Can’t wait for the Collected Works of Teri McCarthy!! Nothing edited, just raw true stories of God’s work in this world.

big hug and a kiss
connie miller

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