Time to get creative…

As I have mentioned I enjoy spending time reading books, blogs, and magazines that relate to ministry and leadership.  However, just doing this doesn’t always get the creative juices flowing.  If I have been sitting in my office too many days in a row, too many distractions right in front of me, it helps me to get out of my normal situation so I can work on new ideas.  Personally it helps me to get out into a public setting where there is all sorts of diversity, thoughts, and conversations happening around me.

Many times I will go to a local coffee shop, Taco Bell, or get some Chic-Fil-A in the mall at the food court.  It helps me to be around people mingling and see people living their lives as I prepare for things ahead in the ministry.  When I just stay in my office my ideas and creativity go stagnant.

Where do you go when you need a creative burst?  Find that place and then plug-in!  Not everyone will understand, some people will not get why you need to grab some books and head to a Taco Bell to work but do what you need to do to be effective in ministry.  Some people will think you should be in the office from 9-5  Monday-Friday and then do ministry outside the office after that but if that doesn’t work for you then change it up!

One of my favorite comedians Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ”  We are each uniquely made and there will be different things in each of our lives that we need to do to perform at our best.  Find out what those things are for you and do it!  Find your keys to success and go after them!



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7 responses to “Time to get creative…

  1. One time my wife lost her keys…. oh wait. Ha ha, good stuff as always, Dave. Keep up the good work!

  2. I often go to different places, but that is kinda limited here in Delta! One other thing to add here is the need to read good fiction.

    As a preacher reading theology all the time will make you a great theologian, but it will not make you a good communicator. It will make you a great logician, but it doesn’t help with pointing out the tensions, joys, and drama of real life. It seems like good fiction can really pick up what theology leaves off. When I say good fiction I mean the classic stuff, the stuff that has withstood the test of time. The problem sometimes is that we are too pragmatic, to the point when everything we do must somehow meet some need, or make us more efficient. We even take it into our reading of fiction. We read as though we are looking for illustrations to us, instead of just consuming to enjoy.

    I was mountain biking with a good friend awhile back, and afterward he was talking about how Mountain Biking was this great metaphor for the Christian life… I understood what he was saying, but why not enjoy Mountain Biking for what it is? Why not enjoy God’s world without always trying to make sense of it or make a theological point?

    I guess what I am saying is that sometimes it is good to be intentionally inefficient, do the things normal people do, be a normal person, not just watch normal people and then spiritualize what you see and experience. Read a good book, ride a bike, write a poem that isn’t about Jesus, and so on.

    Good stuff as always Dave. You have become quite the regular blogger.

    • Good point jay I have tried to be more active in reading Fiction as well. I noticed I was tending to only read theological books but it is definitely important to broaden our scope of reading….and not always make everything a sermon illustration as you said. I enjoy the Bourne series books so I have tried to get more into reading them.

      • I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Adventures of Tom Sawyer on the fiction side this year, there might have been others, but those are what I can think of. I can highly recommend each of those books, I loved all of them. I’d say at this point to kill a mocking bird is my fav.

      • Lindsey

        I read cat books.

  3. Yes you do Lindsey….yes you do.

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