Rob Bradbury asked me to speak in the Kidshaper electives this year about a topic near and dear to my heart. I firmly believe that everyone has a creative spark in them, especially when it has to do with your calling in life! And I’m not just just talking about creativity that immediately springs to mind like songwriting or script writing, but everything from problem solving to preaching to leading volunteers.
This is a brief few thoughts from what I presented at the conference.
Learning how to use your imagination
1. We have an imperative to create
God tells us to sing a new song. God is the only one who can create from nothing. We simply re-imagine. BUT stronger can be our desire to hold on to our previous creations – don’t ride any dead horses… dismount.
2. Unblock the Hose
I wrote about this a while ago here. But sometimes you need to figure out HOW before you figure out WHAT. Perhaps you want to create a video for your weekend services but your grand ideas supersede your technical ability. Find someone with the know-how!
3. Give Yourself Space
In my role at Church I have to create a space so I can devote my entire brain area cavity to an idea or issue – and I am confident that I have God given ability to come up with solutions not because I am especially gifted but simply because I am called!
4. Don’t Accept the First Draft
Do not expect platinum without a rewrite. Sit with your ideas for a while before acting on them.
5. Don’t Mix Meetings and Ideas
NEVER. If you are brainstorming with team, stay away from agenda and ‘to do lists’. Focus on the dreams not the doing!
6. Be Mr/Mrs Implementation
Don’t just be known as Mr. Idea.
The bottom line is all this: Effort places value on our children… so take the time and develop your imagination!