A Manifesto for the World You Live In

{By Tammy Hendricksmeyer}

 

“Only when you are able to set your own boundaries will you be able to acknowledge, respect, and even be grateful for the boundaries of others.”   Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love.

 

It’s as if your eyes are full in the world and you want to blink, to look away. But then you find yourself, yet again, looking once more, into evil’s distorted face. You see it everywhere.

 

The conversations and debates have become heavy. They threaten to swallow you whole. Your voice is ripped out. Silenced by tragedy after tragedy. You want to speak, you do. But your ineptness to maneuver the conversations, wets the fire in your bones.

 

You go back. You go back to the drawing board and dig. You go back to basics and search Christ on the matter(s). And you wait. You wait too long. You wait longer than a pushy, fast-food world expects of you. You wait so long, the conversations moved on without you.

 

But there is a small revolution that’s started in your soul.

 

So you make a manifesto for living among a place like this. Because these are peculiar times. If ever you needed to focus, now would be it.

 

 

A MANIFESTO FOR A SATURATED WORLD

 

I will keep my eyes open to the world but I will not be buried under the weight of it.

********************

I will daily face the news with the Good News. Not to make light of it, but to bring a Light into it.

********************

I will pay attention to soul care, to guard its safe keeping under the arduous renewal of my mind.

********************

I will set healthy boundaries but also keep those that challenge me, so I will be sharpened like iron.

********************

 I will find the church, the Body, in me and in you. I will not view us as opponents on a battlefield.

********************

I will not let fear have the final word.

********************

I will seek the reconciliation of Christ while also recgonizing the world does not seek the same.

********************

Untitled

********************

I will avoid perpetually negative debates that condemn, back bite, and stir the pot for the sake of stirring a pot, but will be open to healthy discussion and opposition, even the hot topic ones.

********************

I will guard my ways, lest I fall.

********************

I will acknowlege we are one family in Christ, despite shade, color, denomination, or creed, and mean it. Not only will I mean it, I will make a life of it.

********************

I will learn how to have gentle conversations but I will not be intimidated to back down from difficult ones.

********************

I will face evil and then turn around and look, even longer, into God’s goodness.

********************

 I will pursue my God-given gifts and talents, despite those same gifts and talents being abused by others.

********************

I will not be deterred and will run my race.

********************

I will dust off my shoes where peace does not rest but I will not leave quickly and hastily when things get bumpy.

********************

I will seek out a matter above the world’s demanding and immediate band wagon but will not deny true religion or justice.

********************

I will be silent. I will speak. I will whisper. I will shout.

********************

I will tenderly listen to stories of abortion by women who’ve been hurt by it. I will say black lives matter. And I will believe God’s Spirit in us will help us overcome the pain of our past.

********************

I will quiet my soul.

********************

I will give myself permission to do what I’m called to do despite being afraid.

********************

I will recognize the futility of arguing with people who care more about shouting over you (or at you), than listening.

********************

I will see the Kingdom, here and now, even as hell appears to reign around me. Then I will remember Who overcame death and still holds the key.

********************

I will remember that we bleed the same color and that it’s the heart that truly matters.

********************

 I will be a woman after God’s own heart, even if I’m told that’s only for a man (or a David).

******************** 

I will fill myself to overflowing, any chance I get, of a supernatural Spirit despite my finite and natural mind.

********************

I will release. And I will hold tight the One thing that matters. I will surrender. And I will loosen my fingers on control.

********************

I will love those who hate me. I will love those who hate my cause. I will love those who hate my life. And when I fail, I will love them some more.

 

_________________________________________________

My PhotoTammy has discovered writing is the rawest, scariest, frustratingly glorious, rewarding, and essential way to process life. She’s a renaissance woman who’s scattered pigeons at Notre Dame, swam the coral reefs of Okinawa, scaled fortresses in Nuremburg, viewed the Eiffel Tower safely from the ground, and occasionally drives an old John Deere tractor in tim-buck-two. She’s a fighter for others to see their redemptive purpose, beauty, worth, and connection to a supernatural God. She’s the Founder and Curator for Outside The City Gates where she’s also a Co-Conspirator with a team of other writers. Her faith journey is found on her personal blog, or connect with her on  Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

_________________________________________________

Subscribe and stay connected to all things happening outside the city gates.

Advertisements

14 Comments on “A Manifesto for the World You Live In

  1. What a wonderful manifesto! This is soul nourishment and life enhancing for us as individuals and for those whom we connect with. Thank you, Tammy. 🙂 x

  2. Pingback: Change is Inevitable but the Future is Before You (Writing, Courage, & the Magic of Midlife) | The Art of Fear Not

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: