Alphabet Faith Stories: Intentional Iris

I can do all things through Christ!

I: Intentional Iris. Galatians 6:9–“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of intentional:

  • What one intends to do or bring about
  • The object for which a prayer (mass or pious act) is offered
  • A determination to act in a certain way
  • Purpose with respect to something (i.e. marriage)

Phrases or quotes associated with the word intentional:

  • Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us
  • Live your every day extraordinary
  • When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success

I: Intentional Iris’ Story:

“An ‘I can do it’ attitude was instilled in Iris from an early age on. When she first learned to draw a picture or ride a bike, she would tell her mom “I can do that” and she often succeeded. She grew up with two brothers who were involved in various sports activities. Iris was always copying their moves and whenever she missed the baseball or couldn’t throw the basketball through a hoop, she always told herself she could. After all, practice makes perfect. She became very competitive and intentional in everything she tried.

Her classmates always chose Iris to be on their team because they knew she would never give up and would try to bring her team to victory. So it was not surprising when she decided to try out for the gymnastics’ team and ended up being on the team that would eventually be chosen to go to the Olympics. All of her teammates had to put in countless hours after school and on weekends to perfect their performances.

Iris always believed that God had a plan for her and often read and quoted Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” She relied on God’s guidance in every decision she made and He always led her in the direction she was to go.

Did Iris and her teammates win the gold medal their first time? Two of her teammates won silver medals and one teammate won a bronze medal. Iris came close to winning the gold medal but lost to another competitor from another country. She couldn’t have been more proud of herself and her team for their outstanding efforts to do their best even if they didn’t bring home the coveted gold medal.

God continued to show Iris that He had a plan for her life. She and her team won numerous world championships before returning to the Olympics two more times. It was during their last time of competing at the Olympics that they brought home the gold medal as a team. God had blessed Iris and her teammates because they prayed together and sought God with all their hearts and were intentional to reach their goals.”

The scripture in Jeremiah 29 continues on with verses 12-13: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God wants us to seek Him with all our heart, asking Him what He has in mind for our lives, not just when things are going great, but for plans He has for you when life calls for a change in your current position.

Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” If you are desiring to know God’s purpose for your life, call upon Him and seek him, and He will direct your path because He has wonderful plans waiting for you when you do.