Anita Agers Brooks

Five Dollars, Shiny Objects, and a Guitar Pick

As I write this, I’m attending the Storyline Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Donald Miller is challenging us to review our lives, and then ask, “What will my life look like in one year, three years, and then five years, if I change absolutely nothing.”

Let me tell you, when I finished this exercise, it gave me shivers. In five years, I could be in danger of losing my relationships, my livelihood, and my health. IF, I don’t do a better job of LIVING my dreams. The ones God built into my heart before I was ever born.

Also today, I found three things lying on the ground. A five dollar bill, a necklace sparkling with crystals, and a guitar pick. And I reflected on the meaning of these items, left in my path by the Master Author who is writing the story of my life. So here’s what I’ve decided.

The five dollars is a promise of God’s provision. The sparkling necklace represents God’s desire for me to shine His light into our dark world. And finally, the guitar pick reminds me to play the role God created me to play.

The ending of my story has yet to be written. But by trusting the Author, I know there will be conflict, fear, inciting incidents beyond my control, relational challenges, and ultimately, a happy ending. Most people exist in mediocrity. I’m taking steps out of that dull world.

I may not be the wealthiest or most successful person by the world’s standards. But I’m choosing a life of meaning. This makes me successful in God’s eyes, and in my own. And I’ll keep looking for new reminders strewn across my path as I step. Into a world of excitement and wonder, into a world where my dreams are now reality.

Has God given you symbols of His call on your life? Are you stepping out of mediocrity into meaning? You can start today.


Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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5 thoughts on “Five Dollars, Shiny Objects, and a Guitar Pick”

  1. Thanks Pam, and I’m glad that you too, are living in what God created you for. Many are called, but few are chosen, so I hope to be a good and faithful servant. Glad I’m not alone in the desire to serve.


  2. Anita, what a great analogy! Living the life God created for us is exactly where my heart is. Thanks for the reminder. I shall try to look for those little reminders along my path. Karen, I am sure you can find something in those three; Let’s see, the foxes have holes, the snake is a serpent, the deer pants for water. See what you can make out of that!


  3. As a witness to your discoveries during Donald Miller’s Storyline conference, “. . . I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished . . . (Phil.1:6 NLT).


      1. Lately, I’m just seeing wild animals (foxes, snakes, deer) and wildflowers. What does that mean? I’m still living in the WILDerness? [Ya think?] Or I’m “wild at heart”? [Oh, there’s already a book on that.] Ha!


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