Before anything else, I believe sharing my purpose, found in Christ, is intrinsically linked to who I am and what I do. Jesus is why I am who I am, and why I do what I do, and in fact, is why I am still here.
Without Jesus, I would’ve committed suicide long ago, and there would be no “About Mandy” page and no blog on which to find it.
You can search out the heart of my purpose amongst my tattoos. One of them quotes Matthew 22:34-40, in which Jesus sums up the entire Bible: love God with all you are and love others as yourself. Another tattoo reads, “The aim of our charge is LOVE that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith,” which is from 1 Timothy 1:5. Another quotes Isaiah 6:8, in which the prophet says, “Here I am Lord, send me.”
The Lord is sending me (through this blog and other means) to love others by showing them the surpassing love of God towards me through sharing my own story, unflattering parts and all. As Paul said about himself, I will boast in only two things: my own flaws and weaknesses, and the cross of Christ. One says I am in desperate need of a savior, the other says Who that savior is.
I also believe sharing how I’ve suffered and the way in which God has enabled me to endure it, will be one of the greatest testimonies of all. I’m bipolar (rapid cycling, type II) and Campbell, my husband, has cancer (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia). I pray by sharing our struggles with you, you’ll find the real miracle is not that we are still alive, but that we are more than simply surviving.
…Instead of providing lists and descriptions…how about a few photographs to give you some hints.