Posted by: Bridgett.
My agenda for today: Finish last-minute laundry, pull suitcase down from the top of the coat closet, assemble conference materials, make a list of things to put into that suitcase…
You guessed it, I’m beginning to pack for the upcoming writers’ conference.
As you might expect, I learned a few things the last time I attended a conference. One of the biggest…
This is not only good advice to heed when planning for a conference, but in life as well. Here’s why.
1. Stuff gets heavy when you have to lug it around all day. Last year, we spent both days going nonstop from early morning to late at night. This time, I’m making sure I can handle carrying everything I put in my bag comfortably for hours on end
In life: carrying around old wounds can be exhausting, cumbersome, and suck all the joy out of even the things we love. Plus, they get in the way of other things or keep your hands so full you can’t do what u want.
2. Leave room for books! Um, that is, unexpected good stuff. At a writers’ conference, you know you’ll find authors’ books you want to buy & have signed. (last year, I came home with 8.) Those get heavy, too, so pack with that in mind.
In life: Bitterness and baggage leave no room for new, better, or surprising things that come your way.
3. Join forces with others. Since we’ll be roommates, Rebecca and I are packing some items together in a single suitcase this time to save space & expense. After all, why bring two sets of shampoo/conditioner or two hairdryers when theres only one bathroom, right? With checked bag fees and the need to traipse through airports, sharing the burden will be a blessing.
In life: The Bible and good sense also teach us to share our burdens. However, while doing so, we should make certain we don’t overload our friends with our “stuff.”
4. Choose your bags well. Last time, I purchased what I not-so-fondly call the “big, ugly, brown purse” to carry my pitch/conference materials, IPad, phone, snacks, etc. Oh, it held everything, but, man, was that thing clunky! I kept having to maneuver it so I didn’t bash people with its corners and sides.
In life: We all have baggage, but we don’t have to constantly bash others over the head with it. Carry it well, in a small, contained part of your mind, so it doesn’t harm you or anyone else. After all, if someone carries a lantern to guide you through the darkness, you wouldn’t want to snuff out their flame.
Jesus calls us to carry God’s Light to others. One way we do this is by helping those we meet lift life’s baggage off their tired shoulders. All the while, we can trust Him to reduce the weight of our own.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28 NLT)
Your turn to Shed Your Light.
How do you deal with life’s baggage?
About the author:
Bridgett Powers has defied the limitations of impaired vision and overcome a 21-year battle against chronic pain, all of which taught her a profound truth. God shines brightest through cracked lanterns.
Now, she shares that truth through her fantasy novels, picture book, and short stories. A member of ACFW and MyBookTherapy, she also serves as co-leader and writing coach for her writer’s group, operates a proofreading and editing service, and teaches writing workshops.