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So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest of us are.
And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.
Points - Sanity - Manifesto - Ways - Seasons
So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand different ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God.
I scrawl out mine, which would be different than most wayfarers and sojourners, who knows, but I make a place for it on the fridge and it’s not a law, but a scaffolding for the shaky, struggling days.
Checklist - Things - Manifesto - Fluid - Limbs
I don’t write it as a checklist, like these are things I have to do, one after another, but I write the manifesto, fluid, like limbs on a tree, to reach for just the next one I need right now.
And I write it in big letters, right at the top, what I need to whisper on the days when I don’t know how to keep going because everything’s going wrong: Forward!
Fridge - Days - Kind - Map - Days
So, it’s there on the fridge for all the days when I just need some kind of a map, and for all the days in between, my 25 Point Sanity Manifesto.
First - Things - Word - Work - Plan
1. First things first: Word in. Work out. Work plan.
Open your eyes every morning and just do three first:
Word - God - Word
Word in: Get into God’s Word and let it get into you.
Work plan: Write out the work plan. And then work the plan.
Heart - Heart - Heart
2. “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart knows”
Write your memory verses on a sticky note, on a chalkboard, for your pocket.
3. Flame first.
Light a candle first thing in the morning.
Light - Stand - Everyone - House
So you remember: You are the light that is put on a stand so that it gives light to everyone in the house.
4. Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.
Find your music.
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To despair is to turn your back on God, you can never despair.