Today was the first day of Advent and my first day of living The Christmas Manifesto. Here’s a brief update.
I posted the manifesto on my bathroom mirror and read it allowed this morning. I will read it again tonight before I go to bed. I can already tell that the Manifesto is reach going to reach further into my life than I had anticipated. For example, during our hymns in worship I thought of my intention to carol with “boisterous gusto.” It changed the temperature of my singing. I pumped up the volume and was more engaged in the hymn. That was an unforeseen benefit. Similarly, when I did a little last minute shopping for my son’s birthday I opted to by a gift that would honor God. I bought him a book of inspiring Christian stories for teens. He fell asleep reading it. That made my heart smile.
I lived out the manifesto more directly in the following ways. In order to sow seeds of love, hope, joy, and peace, my kids and I selected a tag from a giving tree at our church. We are going to be buying a beanbag chair requested by a mentally disabled adult living in a nearby home. I went and scoped out devotional guides available at a local bookstore in anticipation of getting some as gifts. I also, did my first day of reading and journaling about Jesus. Specifically, I read the first chapter of Matthew. My journaling prompted insights that I know I would not have had otherwise. So all in all, I feel like I am off to a good start. I will continue to share learnings from my efforts to live out the manifesto. I can already tell that my efforts are putting me in a more positive frame of mind. Blessing to you on your own advent journey.
In tomorrow’s post I will be sharing with you an awesome video from a website that concisely embodies the spirit of what I was hoping for in my manifesto.