I am a dreamer. If I were to take a guess, I am imagining that you are also a dreamer—that is how you found yourself here in our cozy little corner.
Sometimes I find myself dreaming really big giant impossible dreams.
Sometimes I find myself dreaming too small.
And sometimes I find myself getting so caught up in looking for those giant impossible dreams that I miss the small.
Two summers ago I had seen one of my biggest dreams come true. I had experienced the birth of my dream in the form of my first book being released, 31 Days to Coming Alive. I was getting more and more speaking engagements. This dreamer was seeing God do some impossible.
In the midst of that season, I realized something. I was forgetting to enjoy the small while I was watching for God to do the BIG. (<====Click to Tweet) And although I think dreaming big is a fun way to watch the Lord and His purposes unfold in our lives, I am also learning that I need to take time to celebrate and notice the small.
I began to find myself feeling swallowed by the big. I was and am a dreamer—a person who dreams. But I also wanted to be someone who enjoyed the moments.
That summer I had an idea. I decided to write a summer manifesto. I honestly was not even sure at the time what the definition for manifesto was, but it just sounded like such a fun word to use.
Manifesto—a statement or declaration
I wanted to write a summer manifesto. A declaration to intentionally enjoy the small moments while continuing to be a dreamer about the big. I got a fun pen and some fancy inspirational paper—because that seemed the most perfect way to write something like a manifesto.
And I made my manifesto list. I don’t remember everything on the list, but it included things like joining the local library and checking out books (which I could not do the next summer due to the fines I had from those said missing library books), spend more time in water then out of water, memorize a chapter in the Bible, and build a sandcastle at the beach. It also included some big dreams like re-doing my website, working on my next book, and taking a mission trip.
This summer manifesto helped me enjoy seeing God in the big and the small that summer. Writing this declaration helped me go after enjoying life’s little moments. Mundane moments became moments made for worshipping.
I had my Bible study ladies write their own summer manifesto. We had a blast sharing our summer manifesto pictures with each other, reminding each other to LIVE.
This began a manifesto writing trend for me. Every season I would get excited to write a new manifesto. A declaration to enjoy to the full what that season had to offer.
This is not a list to get legalistic about. Of course I do not always get around to doing everything on my manifesto. But it is a way for this dreamer to dream about the small moments and the big visions.
I am excited because fall is coming, and it’s time to write my fall manifesto. My list will involve smore’s , firepits, sweatshirts, and playing in the leaves. Hikes in the mountains. Working on my newest manuscript dream. Buying a new pair of fall boots. Finding more ministry partners.
Small and big moments.
A dreamer meets manifesto.
What would your fall manifesto be?
Shared By: Jenn Hand