Saturday, March 31, 2012


It's late at night, nothing good on TV, so I thought I might do a little writing.  "You know," I said to myself, "what the world really needs is another good manifesto."  Sounded like a good idea at the time.

So, it got me thinking...what would my own personal manifesto be about?  This is what I came up with.

This is my manifesto:

I am God's cherished daughter.  No one can convince me otherwise.  I have been placed on this planet at this distinct point in history to carry the light of God like no other person on earth ever has before.  I am saved by God's grace and washed by the blood of Jesus, so I am free from the curse of sin and shame.  I am free to stand up to my full height and be who I really am.  I bear the resemblance of my heavenly Father and I represent Him to everyone I meet.  I am fierce.  I am fearless.  I am gentle and gracious.  I am full of the Holy Spirit and He lives and moves in me to make me more than I am on my own.

I have a design, a purpose and a mission.  I will use all of my breath to bring honor and glory to my God.  I will praise Him in the midst of fiery trials.  I will counter worry and anxiety with thankfulness.  I will deflect the enemy's lies with the words of life the Spirit has planted in the good soil of my heart.  I will do great things!  I will make an impact, an imprint on this generation.  I will take back ground from the enemy and claim it for God's Kingdom - even if by force.  I will pray until I have no words, no groans, no breath.  I will bring together the hands of those in darkness with the Hand of Light itself.

Naysayers can take a seat.  I have no time for negativity.  I have no room for all the reasons why I can't accomplish something.  I am filling my round table with visionaries, cheerleaders, wise elders and faith-filled God-followers.  I will reach my goals and accomplish what is in my heart.  Even if everyone else tells me it is impossible, I know that NOTHING is impossible with God.

Life is too fleeting to waste today.  Planning is important, but it must come to a timely end so the doing can begin.  I jump toward beginning.  Walking with the Spirit, I will lead the way for others to follow.  I will be the catalyst, the guinea pig, the first to jump.  I am not ashamed of the Gospel, and I will make myself completely comfortable being a "fool" for the advancement of God's Kingdom - one precious life at a time.

The unchangeable, unshakeable God is alive in me!  I will not be swayed by the currents of my culture or the lies whispered in the dark.  God's love is coursing through my veins and it drives me to embrace people where they are, no matter who they are.

This is my manifesto.  You can use it, too...but I'm curious if you already have one of your own.  Do you???