During this season, I started to make note of the things that I continually found myself excited about. I paid attention to the conversations that continued to come up. As I journaled my own journey, I started to notice the linkages throughout the various seasons of my life.
+I want people to feel seen, known + valued.
+ I love beauty. I think it matters. I seek it out + create it whenever possible.
+I curate experiences.
+I collect beautiful stories, experiences + people.
+I’m drawn to bright colors + bright ideas.
+I celebrate people.
+I love stories.
I realized that perhaps, as I was plotting my own adventure with God, that perhaps there were countless others who I might be able to help tell their own bright + beautiful stories.
You see, one of the things I realized is that there are many of us, who settle for less than the abundant life that God has made available to us. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 10:10. It’s Jesus speaking and he says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” He outlines his very purpose for coming to earth and it’s so that we can have full, abundant life. Yet, when you talk to the average person and ask them how they are doing, they say, “I’m fine. Doing ok. Life is good.” Hardly sounds abundant, right?
During this season, the phrase “cultivating a bright + beautiful life” kept coming back to me. I meditated on the words and their significance for weeks. In so doing, I started to unpack their meaning…
… because living an abundant life doesn’t just happen. It takes intention, it takes work, it takes grace, it takes commitment. It is a process that, like growing a garden, is messy but yields so much beautiful fruit.
… because I believe that the future is full of promise. Bright is synonymous with hope. I believe that often times the reason that we settle for less than abundance is because we lose hope. The Bible says that “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12) and later says that “out of the heart flows the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that when we lose sight of hope and the bright future available to each of us, it affects every area of our life.
… because beauty matters. True beauty is not just surface level… it goes deep. Beauty is a powerful communicator. It exalts the mind and spirit. It says that all shall be well. There’s beauty in and for everyone. It’s not something available only to a chosen few. It’s there if you dare to look, you’ll find it… in your life and most of all, in you.
Before I knew it, those notes I penned started to take shape. They started to make sense. I saw a clear vision forming. My seemingly disconnected notes started to thread together and a manifesto appeared (read it here); a statement of purpose, a rallying cry and a fresh path forward.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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