Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Simple Things, Big Ideas

Sometimes the best ideas come from simple things: reading a story to a child, a walk in the park, a conversation with a friend. We just need to look for ideas in everything.

Here are some simple things that yielded big ideas for me:
  • While driving through Chennai, India and watching the "organized chaos" that existed on the crowded streets, I thought of a plan to relate to the multiple leadership styles and personality types that made up the pastoral team I am a part of.
  • While enjoying a college production of Guys and Dolls a few years ago, I got the idea for a Christmas musical and ended up writing one with a good friend, Rick Libert.
  • Sitting on the porch outside of Starbucks one day, enjoying a Java Chip Frappachino, I got the idea to ask the barista to add two pumps of raspberry. Now it's my favorite summer drink! (Hey, it's an idea!)
This morning as I was running, I caught the sunrise through a break in the trees. It was spectacular! It was while observing a similar sunrise not too long ago that I penned these words that became a song:

Radiant splendor dancing through the skies
Morning sun that pushes back the night
How great are you Lord
How great are you Lord
How great are you Lord to me
Creation proclaims
I join in the the praise
How great are you Lord to me

Question: Where have you found creativity or ideas in the simple things? Share your responses below.

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Tracy said...

Really good word Brad. I totally agree.

Brad Lewis said...

Thanks Tracy!

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