Thinking creatively and having new ideas is so important to who we are, how we live a life that is thriving and not just surviving, and creating a space where people can contribute in a positive way to the world around them.

When we allow ourselves to think creatively, it inspires ideas, and ideas inspire change.

Everything begins with an idea, and good ideas are far more likely to become great ideas when we allow creative thoughts to flow, give ourselves permission to fail, examine our ideas from different angles, pray over and then LET THEM OUT!

Some things I have learnt about how to make our ideas happen are:

Keep quiet about your idea until it’s properly “birthed” in your heart and mind. Let it percolate. If you share ideas too quickly, then the “seed” of an idea will quite possibly be stomped all over and never even make it to the planning stage.

Pray, seek God and a green light from Him to proceed. That usually means having an “inner witness” or peace in our spirits that this is a “God idea” and not just a good idea. It’s also the knowing inside of us (even if we feel initially unsure) that we are to run with it.

Write your idea down – make it plain and simple to understand. The bible says to “write the vision and make it plain that they who see it might run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2), Meaning that the vision or idea is simple to read and easy for everyone to move on and quickly grasp hold of so that they get involved.

Share it – but share it with like-minded and spirited people – God warns us to “not cast our pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). Meaning don’t lay out everything important to us in front of just anyone, but people who have the same heart and who we already have or can build a strong connection with.

Plan a strategy to make it happen. God’s wisdom and the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit are important. Let Him lead, help gather others, bring provision into your hands, and reveal the easiest route or method to achieve the idea. Otherwise, we can easily find ourselves doing things in our strength and end up getting stressed out about something that should have been a blessing.

Get others involved- this is where our leadership skills, our capacity to trust God and others, and our ability to “let go and let them” are revealed as we ask people to get involved with our idea. Inspiring others and the ability to build a team around us is something we can always develop and work on, and it’s what makes the best of creative ideas come to fruition. Not only does it half the workload, but it also gives other people the chance to be a part of the idea and to make it their own. Generally, we are “better together”, and we can achieve so much more.

Be encouraged next time you have an idea to give it time to percolate and settle in your heart before talking. Then talk to God about it, plan a strategy with Him, follow His directions, share it with others and take a team approach.

Whether it’s simply motivating your household to have a clean-up around the house, taking a holiday or visit, or trying something new, it all starts with an idea. Likewise, the larger-scale things such as; travelling, moving, putting on an event or big celebration, starting a new venture, business, outreach, ministry or a new church, remember everything begins with an idea, and it’s our job to discover which ideas are both great and God ideas, so that we can live our best life.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans”. (Proverbs 16:3)

Prayer: Lord, please help me focus and spend my time, energy and creativity on  “God ideas” that will have the greatest impact and bring the most joy and fulfilment to both my life and those around me. In Jesus name Amen