Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

Four Characteristics Of Intentional Living (With Audio)

Earlier this week, I spent an hour on Skype with an Eindhoven-based (The Netherlands) student Christian fellowship, inspiring them to live the life that matter.

Full Audio Recording

Prior to the talk, some folks asked if I could record and share my talk. I did! In it, I shared five keys I personally use to live intentionally daily (another post to come).

But I also told the group briefly about four characteristics of a life that is intentional. I want to expand on these a bit more.

You can listen to the unabridged, yet to be edited audio recording below (warning: some background interference early during the recording).

Four Ways To Recognize The Life That Matters

At the start of this year, I resolved to live the life that matter; to cut out distractions and live intentionally. I always have, but I felt a deeper passion to do more this year.

So what is the life that matter? What does it look like? How can you recognize one?

There are four characteristics I believe are crucial to living intentionally:


  • It’s God-centered: This is the sum of everything. Intentional living begins here. GOD is bigger than life itself. We are but a tiny atom in the big picture. The life worth living recognizes the One who is truly AWESOME!
  • It’s Purposeful: Understanding your purpose is the first step to not wasting your life. This is your “WHY”, your essence, your calling – if you live outside this, life becomes a tragedy.
  • It’s Passionate: Passion is the energy that fuels your purpose. You will need a good dose of passion to live intentionally and purposefully.
  • It’s Mission-Oriented: Living the life that matters makes you a difference maker. Purpose is for a reason. Passion is for a reason. There’s a life to be lived – we are called to pour ourselves into others, in humble and gracious service. We must embrace the mission of influence, to make a difference in people’s lives for good.

Final Takeaway

The God-intended life is intentional. The life that matters serves people and is not afraid to try. I’m glad I accepted the opportunity to speak to the students this week. Looking forward to more opportunities to live intentionally, daily.

To a purposeful 2013!

What other characteristics of intentional living can you add to my list from your experience? Leave a comment.

P.S. Don’t forget to grab a copy of SELAH: A 90-Day Journey of Grace and Hope eDevotional on Amazon Kindle. It’s half price this week ONLY.

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

8 Replies

  1. Great points, I believe our purpose, passions, and strengths are all connected with each other. When we start moving toward one the other areas become more clear. I’m looking forward to hearing your teaching(I have to listen later though)!

    1. Thank you, Dan. You’re spot on.

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