Apparently, it only takes ten minutes.
Maybe this is why some of the best movies have an unexpected teaser that you don’t know what to do with. You’re there to see a sci-fi flick about outer space movie, and the opening scenes are set in a desert. Or perhaps the previews promised you a cultural journey through time through a simpleton named “Forrest Gump,” and yet the first and last shot are of a floating feather.
“What’s that all about?” you wonder.
Sometimes it doesn’t even take ten minutes. Researcher Malcolm Gladwell wrote about this in his best-selling book “Blink” – we make major decisions in milliseconds, not in our conscious mind… but in our unconscious mind.
Strangely, we’ll intentionally give other things more than the first ten minutes. Die-hard sports fans know that the trajectory of an entire game that seems one way can change even in the final stretch. The stock market can make a major shift to your retirement plan in any given moment. A sure-thing election can reverse itself when projections don’t pan out.
We know this, so we remind ourselves to stay open.
Which way do you view your life… faith… church… God?
What if what you perceive of the Story is much larger than the “ten minutes” you’re in? Are you intentionally ready and open to how the circumstances you’re in right now are about to shift… how the wrapping paper doesn’t determine the Gift inside?
It may take you more than ten minutes to rethink how you view your “ten minutes,” but it’s worth it.
How is your “ten minute” filter affecting how you’re serving beyond the first ten minutes?