My Manifesto

Day 1 of Intentional Blogging with Jeff Goins

I became a follower of Jeff Goins after I read his book Art of Work. I listen to his podcast, I read his blog and subscribe to his mailing list. Jeff provides great value for anyone who follows him like I do. He has started a 7 Day Blog Like a Pro Challenge.

I have not blogged recently because much of my time has been focused on getting the 2 Bald Pastors Podcast up and running. I have found so much joy in podcasting and this love is multiplying as my children are showing their interest in creating media content to share.

The challenge for the first day is to create a manifesto. Jeff writes “What’s your worldview? What gets under your skin? What wrecks you? These are the questions great writers, and incidentally great bloggers, must ask themselves…And once you’ve identified it, that thing you’re writing about, you’ve created something powerful for your readers to connect with.”

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G is for Generous

There are many words in the Christian faith that begin with the letter G — Genesis, grace, Goliath, and God just to name a few.  These are important words to the life of faith.  However, it is also important to be generous.

I love spending time with generous people. There is something magical about being with someone whose energy elevates my own and who inspires me by their giving.  As much as I try to be generous with my time, talents and treasures I know that I fall short of where I want to be.

While it is typically the high-profile people who are recognized for their generosity, anyone can become more generous by thinking about eight simple actions.

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F is for Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something we desperately need in our lives.  By nature we tend to hurt each other and our selves by the decisions that we make.  We are at the same time both saints and sinners.  To understand what we are doing and why is important to be able to connect with one another and with God.

Author Phillip Yancey writes in his book What’s So Amazing about Grace a story about a prostitute who went to a counselor for help. The counselor and the prostitute talk about her needs and then the counselor asked if she had ever thought of going to a church for help. The counselor said “I will never forget the look of pure, naive shock that crossed her face. ‘Church!’ she cried. ‘Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself.  They’d just make me feel worse!'”

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E is for Evangelical

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (via elca.org)

I sometimes question what the word “evangelical” means in the ELCA.  Quite often when the word evangelical is used many picture a crazy man on a street corner screaming Bible verses at people.  Another image that is used is a number of older members of a congregation that call themselves an evangelism committee.  These committee’s typically sit around complaining about why there is not enough people in church instead of ideas of how to spread God’s word to the world.

So what does it mean to be evangelical?

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Ducks

This 9 year old says to me seriously, “Watch my class try to line up when recess is over.”  She looks out the window at them.
She says in an educated tone to me, “You know, ducks can walk in a line but my class can’t.”  I said, “Where did you hear this comparison?” She said, “I saw ducks crossing the road in a straight line and I just thought My class can’t do that. Also, ducks brains are tiny.”

– Mindy

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A Good Secret

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A 6 year old came to the nurse with a scratch from a pencil on her arm.  I said, “How did that happen?” She said, “I leaned in to whisper a secret to Jeremy and I hit my arm on his pencil.”  I said, “Was it a good secret? You got scratched because of it.”  She said seriously, “I told him that Jade didn’t really have a magic wand. It was just a plastic stick. Don’t believe her.”

Nobody tells me secrets like that.

– Mindy

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