Have you ever wondered where ideas originate? I love cooking up ideas, so it’s a natural fit for me to celebrate International Ideas Month in March.
I recently joined Pinterest—a social networking site for members to share virtual bulletin boards. You can pin images and ideas on your board to share a variety of interests. How brilliant! And it all started with an idea to save, share, and swap more ideas.
Have you ever asked God to give you an idea? As a writer, I designate time for brainstorming. During some of these think tanks, my thoughts surge so fast and furious, I call them brain tsunamis. Other times an idea hits when we least expect it—and we have to be ready to jot it down. I’ve had ideas strike at red lights, the bank drive-thru, waiting rooms, and during church. I’ve learned to capture the gist of the idea in my idea notebook because just as quickly as ideas appear in my mind, they can disappear. I hate it when that happens!
The best evidence of ideas is when I’m speaking to a group, and I see faces light up. I can be fairly certain they’ve just experienced an “aha moment.” See why I celebrate ideas?
We can miss two important steps with ideas though. First, we have to make sure it’s a God idea if we want to be operating in His purpose and for His glory. How can you be certain it’s a God idea, not merely a good idea? I ask Him to show me a green light in the form of peace if my brainstorm is from Him and give me a red light in the form of doubt if it doesn’t fit with His direction for my life.
The final step to ideas that often gets overlooked is fulfillment. Some people have fun conceiving ideas, but have a harder time working the idea through—taking action steps to bring to completion what started as a brilliant concept. Ideas are only wishes until we act on them and see them accomplished. Can you think of those uncompleted projects that seem to hang out forever on your To Do List?
Ask God to lead the way. May He:
- Inspire the idea.
- Endorse it so you know it’s from Him.
- Give you the resources to complete the idea.
- Give you the discipline to stick to it when you’re tempted to quit.
Then praise God when you experience the reward of checking off the idea from your list and you can say, “It is finished!”
Never forget, God will complete us as one of His good ideas, too. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6 (NKJV).
Kathy Carlton Willis serves as publicist, author and coach at KCW Communications. She shines, whether she’s shining the light on her clients, or reflecting God’s light during her speaking engagements. See: www.kathycarltonwillis.com.
Have you ever asked God to give you an idea?