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Friday, October 19, 2012

Intentional Serendipity

This morning I had a meeting on Skype with a man in Boulder, CO.  We were working through the introduction of and the first exercise of Your One Degree.  YOD is a ministry that helps people discover by coaching through a series of exercises how one can have the greatest impact with their life.
Random things that happen in our lives aren't.
One of the things that emerged from the hour we spent together was that we have very similar ministry interests.  How did we get to the meeting this morning?  A person whom we both know suggested he go to the YOD website and sign up.  That generated a task that another individual received.  That individual contacted me to see if I had time to coach this person.  I accepted the assignment.  Sent a few emails and we connected this morning.  Toward the end of our time together we discovered the similar hearts.  About half way through the time I encouraged him to begin journaling… He laughed and told me that the Lord had been speaking to him on that and he had already set time aside tomorrow to begin that process.

Psalm 139 tells us that God is intimately engaged in not only our formation in our mother’s womb but also in the day to day events of our lives.  God knew when my new friend was asked to check out YOD that we had similar interests.  Stuff does not happen by accident.  The events and people that make up our days are not random.  They are opportunities for us to see the hand of God in our lives.  However, because of – whatever – we miss a lot of that intentionality.

I need to pay closer attention.