At the United Conference this past week (for those of you who don’t know, this is an amazing conference out in Arizona put on by our website company Showit, who is SO passionate about building up creatives and lasting community!) I spoke about a dream that I had recently.
In the dream, I was in my childhood home/trailer except that it was in the middle of a frozen land. Everywhere as far as you could see, there was ice and snow…and the ice was melting fast. The ground beneath the trailer was crumbling and water was rushing in from every side and soon everyone who stayed would drown. In this moment, I was handed two garbage bags and told to fill as much as I could in the next five minutes…but not to take a second longer or I wouldn’t make it out in time. I began to fill the bags with the things from my past. Favorite stuffed animals, the sweater I wore in my senior pictures, my mom’s gold necklace. On and on I kept filling it…shoving more and more stuff into the bags as the water rushed in and the time ran out. By the end a voice was shouting for me to just let go. To let go of the past, let go of the stuff that doesn’t really matter, to stop heaping more and more onto the pile. To be willing to lay down this junk that I was carrying around with me….so that I could step through the door into safety and into the next thing God has for me. This led me to ask the audience two questions that I would love to ask you guys too:
If you had 5 minutes to fill your bags with the things that matter most, what would be in there? And, are those the things you are filling your days with now?
I would LOVE to hear your answers! What are you holding on to that you need to let go of? What is the junk that you’re carrying around that you have to be willing to lay down before you can move to the next thing? What are the things that matter MOST that you want to step into bravely, like you never have before? For me, it’s writing a book. A real, honest book about where I came from and why it’s made me who I am. What are some of yours?