by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.’ Proverbs 20:5 NLT

The founder of IBM, Thomas J. Watson, said: ‘Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity… Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.’

Many of us have good ideas that never go anywhere. At some point in the planning of an event, you must reduce your list to the best idea for you. This isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Start with obvious ideas that can’t work because of budgets, timing, or lack of resources. Next, pool ideas that may be good, but don’t work at the moment. Timing is everything, and some great ideas are just ahead of their time. So keep an ‘idea file’ and pull some of them out again next year. But here’s a flashing red light: when your advice team helps you generate good ideas yet never see you acting on them, they’ll lose interest and you’ll end up on your own.

The Bible says, ‘Faith without works is dead.’ (James 2:26 KJV) So commit yourself to a life of creativity, original thinking, and action! If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got. The classic advertisement for Apple Computer says it best: ‘Think different!’ Don’t take yourself too seriously! If an idea doesn’t work, don’t fall apart. Tick it off your list and move on to the next one. At some point you may discover that your good idea—is actually a God idea. When that happens, it changes everything!

SoulFood: Amos 1:1–5:17, Luke 17:11–19 Ps 119:137–144, Pr 18:22–24

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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