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Living with Intention: Are You the Hero of Your Life?

By Laura Woodworth
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Are you living with intention? Do you have a purpose and plan for your life – something that motivates you, excites you – and more importantly, gives you hope?

It’s easy to fall into the rut of living an automated life…

The alarm rings and you’re out of bed and out the door to work. Five o’clock hits, and you’re back in your car and home and scrambling to fix supper, do laundry, and try to squeeze in a few moments relaxing in front of the TV… then it’s time for bed, and the whole cycle starts over again.

Life has turned into a blur. Forget about what you want in life – right now you’re just trying to get through the week.

I write screenplays. I break down a story, whether it’s a true-life story or fiction, and I look at the hero. What do they want in life? And what’s standing in their way?

Intention and obstacle.

That’s the foundation of every good story. (In fact, it’s the story of every good life!) The hero wants something: the girl, the gold, the happy ending – and a villain or antagonistic force is standing in the way.

  • Romeo wants Juliet but family stands in the way.
  • Elsa wants to be good but her anger trips her up.
  • Frodo wants to save the world by destroying the ring, but evil forces work against him.

A strong intention, an imposing obstacle – it’s what makes a story rich. It’s the premise of a great book or movie.

You don’t have a hero if you don’t have intent, a motivating force in his or her life.

You don’t have a story if you don’t have obstacles in the way, creating conflict and giving the audience something to root for as the hero battles her way through to win the prize, to meet the goal, to gain her intended desire.

And therein lies the key to living life. Are you the hero of your own story, your own life? Do you have an intention – something so strong that you are willing to go to extremes to accomplish it?

What motivates you to get out of bed every morning? What stirs you to fight through every obstacle, to pray through every wall or roadblock to accomplish it?

The apostle Paul had his eye on a Prize – the Lord Jesus Christ. He lived with strong intention and desire to achieve that prize! “I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 NIV

Another version says, “I run with purpose in every step…`” I Corinthians 9:26 NLT

For me, my passion is simple. My passion is Jesus. My intention is to bring Him glory in whatever I do or say. I want to achieve great things and I want to see my family thrive, but if you boil me down, you’ll find that the driving force behind everything I do is to honor God.

And I’m encouraged by the example Jesus gave us, who “for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Talk about intention and obstacle! If you’re wandering through life – if you’ve lost your intention, your life purpose – I encourage you to become the hero of your own story. 

Fix your eyes on Jesus and start running your life race with one purpose, one goal, one intention in mind: to win the prize of Him. I’ll be cheering you on.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV


Laura Woodworth is an award winning writer-producer-director, a development executive for Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, and a script consultant for Stage 32. Her articles have been carried by Family Christian, Outreach Magazine, and Charisma Magazine, and her YouVersion devotionals have over 200K subscribers. This article is an excerpt from her new devotional book, “Through the Valley—Move Your Life Forward in God” available on Amazon and other retailers. Find out more at

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