Creativity is often cultivated when we're intentionally allowing
our minds to wander in unexpected direction. A trip to the Dollar Store or the mailbox may produce some of our best creative ideas.
creative on a regular basis. Here are some ways that I've discovered to spark creativity.
1. Get plenty of rest. I know this one sounds less than helpful but I've definitely found that after I've been burning the candle at both ends, I have less to give when it comes to creativity. My mind is too tired to wander into unstructured
2. Allow margin. If I'm so overly scheduled and booked solid with no wiggle room, I have no room for creativity. I have to allow for "margin" in my routine. This sometimes feels like a real luxury, something I can do without. It's not. It's a necessity if I'm required to be creative. I need to have some parts of my day when I'm not so overly committed that my mind can "wander" into creative territory.
3. Take a trip to the Dollar Store. I have gotten so many creative ideas in the aisles of the Dollar Store. Find a great toy and figure out how you could use that toy in an object lesson. So many fun, crazy gadgets in this place to inspire even the most dried up mind!
4. Don't throw out junk mail. I have gotten some of my most creative ideas by way of junk mail. I'll see an ad for a inflatable toupee and instantly come up with a silly way to use this. I welcome the junk mail catalogs. I may not always purchase things from them but will oftentimes tweek and develop my own thing to serve my purpose in ministry.
5. Read ministry magazines. Grab a copy of K! or Children's Ministry Magazine and start thumbing through NOT with the intent to do heavy duty reading. Instead, begin to thumb through quickly and see if any of the titles or headlines prompt a
creative thought in your mind. One of my favorite things about K! Magazine is the fun area where they highlight different products. This is the perfect example of seeing something and reworking its purpose for ministry. They even give you ministry application with some of the products. You can go back later and do some great reading.
6. Pinterest. I hope you've discovered the world that is Pinterest. It can be a real time suck if you're not careful. Purpose that only 5-10 minutes a day you will search. Type in a Bible character name or topic under the search bar at the top and see what comes up. Set a timer and guard yourself against following the many happy links that you may find.
Creativity is often cultivated when we're intentionally allowing our minds to wander in unexpected direction. A trip to the Dollar Store or the mailbox may produce some of our best creative ideas. God is a God of creativity and wants to inspire it in each of us as well. If you're feeling wiped out and have no more creativity to offer, try one of these things that work for me.
How about you? How do you develop your most creative ideas in ministry? What inspires creativity in you?
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