I’m doing another experiment this week. This time around, it is the Blog Like a Pro 7-Day Challenge by Jeff Goins. I’m a little late to the party, but here’s my attempt at our first assignment:  My very own manifesto.

The Struggle is Real

Humans, in general, are in the midst of a very big identity crisis. Most of us don’t even know it. We are unaware of (or refuse to believe in) our greatness. We let our insecurities reign. We don’t dare to hope that things can be different–and not just different, but better. We are scared of our own desires and dreams, and scared that they might actually come true.

So we settle. We convince ourselves that all we have is all that can ever be, and that it’s ok, really it is. We deny that we were made in the image of Goodness itself and are called to greatness beyond all imagining. We stay stuck in our own mediocrity. Which is ok, if that’s all you want. But everyone I know has thought at least once, “Surely this isn’t all there is!”

Yes, friends. There is more. Let’s go get it.

Problem Solved

In order to get there from here, we’re going to have to leave behind some pretty heavy baggage, including our pride, fear, and preconceived notions. We need to take up open hearts that are authentic and honest and willing to admit: I don’t have it all together, but I’m willing to chase greatness anyway.

Move Forward

Once we finally lay down our junk, what’s the next thing we do?

Acknowledge the fact that we have left our comfort zone behind and we are, in fact, empty-handed. Instead of staying in this empty place forever, though, or worse–running back to the safety of our pride and fear–let’s move forward. Let’s trust Jesus to fill all our empty places.

If we were to boil all this down to The Two Words That Describe Me, they would be authenticity and action. Let’s be real (authentic) about our struggles and joys, but let’s keep moving anyway (action).

Imagine what the world would look like if we all knew we had some greatness to uncover.

Imagine what the world would look like if we all went for it.

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