Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Searching For Creative Treasure

Where do you find your creativity? What stimulates your mind and heart to bring forth ideas? Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?

Sometimes the greatest ideas come from the simplest sources. Look around. What do you see? Listen. What do you hear? In your conversations, what is "striking a creative nerve" in you?

A few years ago I was asked to speak to a group of Youth Leaders. One of my topics was "101 Creative Ideas For Youth Ministry". I gave myself the challenge to come up with 101 new ideas to share. My goal was not to just share ideas, but to show that creative ideas can come to anyone, anywhere.

Here's what I did: I sat in my office, and using only what I had in my office (without reading some of my books full of creative ideas), I began to create a list of ideas. In just under two hours, I had 101 new ideas listed. I went back and wrote a brief description on how to use the idea to teach and minister to teenagers, and then I was ready.

You can find ideas. Just look, just listen, just think... just create!

3 comments:

pag said...

Thanks, Brad. A great motivating piece. Part of my problem is that I often find myself moving at "warp" speed ("I just can't slow her down Captain!"). I just need to stop, look and think for a minute. Slow down, will 'ya.. . thanks for the reminder.

Brad Lewis said...
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Brad Lewis said...

Thanks Phil. Next week I will write about receiving creative ideas from being with others... like I get from our meetings!