I am an idea gal. Are you? I have ideas, lots of ideas. I love ideas, I collect ideas. I gather them around me and fill my brain with them. I’m always on the lookout for the next great idea. Sometimes one will pop up out of nowhere and smack me right between the eyes. Other times they quietly creep up from behind and appear before I realize they are there. It might be something someone said, or something I’ve just seen, or something I’ve recently heard.
Are you a collector of ideas? Do you ever sit down and spend time with them? I know, we live in a fast-paced society that says ‘Action’ is the thing, you must be doing doing doing. But I say good things can come from not always ‘doing’ and spending a little time with your ideas.
I like to sit down and pull one of my little friends out and gaze on it a while, turning it this way and that, admiring how it would look over here or mulling over whether or not it would fit in over there. Is it the very thing that would make a certain someone happy today? or maybe this little gem is just the thing to encourage my discouraged friend. Maybe this one is what the children and I should work on this week. Oh, I forgot about that one! I’d like to try that soon.
My ideas will sometimes scream out at me — “ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?” and other times they softly whisper — “do you hear what I’m telling you?” They like for me to give them attention. When I don’t, they bang around in my head – quite distracting – jockeying for position, jumping at the chance to be brought out in the light. If I didn’t take time to sit down quiet-like and revisit these special treasures, I’d forget them, I’d lose them and life would be oh so dull. It’s so frustrating to know you had a precious jewel within your grasp and then find it is missing.
I really shouldn’t keep all these wonderful ideas to myself, though. Part of the reason I write here on this blog is to share with all of you. I’ve been known to share too much, allowing my ideas to spill over when it would be better to keep them to myself, intruding on the ideas of others. I’m happy to share, but I’m afraid to share. These ideas of mine, they are personal, I own them, I’ve nurtured them. If I share them will you stomp on them? ridicule them? belittle them? I’d like to share with you. You are not required to love them as I do, you do not have to see their value as I do, but please don’t squash them and throw them away willy-nilly. I’ll respect your ideas, your right to own your ideas. Will you respect mine? It’s called courtesy, it’s called relationship.
I wrote last week about the importance of creating. These ideas spark that creativity, creative endeavors spark ideas, and the cycle continues round and round. This rejuvenating process was part of God’s plan, I’m sure, when He created us in His Image. We can be inspired by one another as we share our ideas, we can be better for it, life becomes more beautiful, more interesting when we share our ideas and are willing to learn from one another.
Will you consider today taking time to visit those ideas clanking and banging around in your head – you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Will you consider sharing an idea or two in order to enrich someone’s life? It will enrich yours as well. I look forward to sharing my ideas in the upcoming days and weeks, and I look forward to learning about your ideas. You might just spark something in me!
And how do I know which ideas are worth hanging on to and which I need to let go? We should be choosey at what we allow to reside in our minds. I work hard at using this as my standard:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
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Do you have ideas banging around in your head like I do? Would share one, or two, with me? I’ll be happy to add them to my collection!