October 28, 2015

If You Had Five Minutes…

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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?

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  1. sharon elizabeth

    SO many things… family dinners every night at the dining room table… watching tv in bed for once with candles lit on the nightstand… instead of jumping into bed and getting on my phone… it’s finally taking the leap to establishing our own wedding venue… that’s been weighing on my heart for 2-3 years now… it’s so many things… i’d let go of the fear… of the busy… and grab a hold of the strength… patience… the stillness… man.. i would SO grab a hold of the stillness…

  2. sandra fazzino

    “What are you holding on to that you need to let go of?” This is such a powerful question and the answer even more so. Thank you for asking. It’s the thought that repeatedly comes to the forefront of my thoughts demanding a response. Praying for the courage to respond. xx

  3. Michelle Flowers

    How inspirational this is….. you made me stop and take a breath and think about what is in my heart and not jumbled up mess in my head. I laid down my fear and insecurities and put it all in my hands and let it go. thank you

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