This week's Fit Dish [optional] Topic: Write a Manifesto
A mani-what?! Thankfully, Jill included the definition on her blog and it sounded very similar to a mission statement:
"A manifesto is a declaration of your core values and beliefs, what you stand for, and how you intend to live your life. It becomes a source of inspiration to live your life with purpose, fulfillment and a sense of self."
My First-Ever ManifestoThe brainstorming process left me with a lot of scribbling and random tangents in my journal. Writing a manifesto felt like such a daunting and intimidating task. Then I realized that my manifesto is already quite clear, as it was written by the ultimate Author!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” MARK 12:30-31 (emphasis added by me)God's clear direction tells me to love Him with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love other people. In my journal, I have been jotting down any words that come to mind when I think of living a life dedicated to God and experiencing freedom in Christ.
Freedom in Christ - life to the full - is something new to me. John 10:10 inspired the name of my blog and, ironically, I have only been truly living to the full for 5 years now. I'm 27 years old and I spent 22 years of my life living without a personal relationship with Jesus.
My life before Jesus seemed to be going well or at least it looked pleasant from the outside. I was playing college tennis, kept an honors grade point average, loved my teammates and thought I was in a good relationship at the time. All seemed well, but I wasn't living the way God wanted me to and I felt empty. Life was missing something and I tried to fill the void with worldly things, but nothing worked.
A series of trials in my life finally brought me to my knees and I surrendered my life to Jesus. Surrender is a word often connected to defeat but surrendering to Jesus means freedom.
Freedom from all the world's lies and failed attempts at filling the void with accomplishments, relationships or even material things. Freedom from the guilt, the shame and condemnation. Surrender to Jesus means forgiveness and healing.
As for my manifesto, my core value and belief is that God is the Creator of all. His Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins and I intend to live my life rooted in Him and God's Word, as it is 100% the truth.
When we surrender our lives to Him, we are a new person - ready to live in the freedom of Christ. Living out a new life in Christ means we can dream big and love fully because all things are possible with Jesus. (Matthew 19:6)
The random scribbles from my journal have taken form into this visual manifesto:
I live my life to the full by:
- Loving God, accepting my new life in Christ, and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Spending time with the Lord and His Word.
- Loving and serving my family.
- Embracing my role as a wife and mom.
- Blessing other people.
- Running my heart out.
- Motivating and encouraging others.
- Practicing my cooking skills.
- Writing on this blog.
- Dreaming big.
- Taking care of my body.
- Playing the piano.
All for the glory of God and His Son, Jesus - my inspiration, my purpose, and my life.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31
Have you written a manifesto or mission statement before?
Linking up with Jill and Jess at the Fit Dish.