Cultivating time for creative thought.

The best conversations you will ever have are the conversations that you have with yourself.  Because of this it is very important that you target the places where you THINK (talk with yourself) the best and most creatively.  I do my best thinking when...

I'm in my office.

I love my office. I'll be honest it is nothing special, in fact it is very plain. However, it is quiet and a perfect place to sit and think about the future that God has. 

I'm mowing my lawn.

I know it sounds crazy, but I get some of my best message ideas while mowing the lawn.  For some reason, yard work has always sparked creative thinking. 

I'm driving my car.

It has been my habit for the past 10 years to drive around during my lunch break. About two or three times per week, I will jump in my car and simply drive around the area thinking, praying, and strategizing. There have been plenty of great ideas come to mind during these 30 minute drive sessions.

I'm in prayer.

There is noting like plugging into Christ's creativity.  In all of my prayer times I talk with God, allow him to talk with me, then I discuss all of those things with myself.  I love this time.

I'm reading a book.

When I read a book I generally have a pen and notebook close by.  The reason is, I can only read for a few pages before I have to stop and take notes on all the things that are flooding my mind.  Many times these thoughts have nothing to do with the book I'm reading. 

Where do you do your best thinking?  

Do you carve out time each week to simply think?  If not, what are you waiting for?  

This week, go to a coffee shop, bookstore, or hop on your riding mower and think.

You'll be glad you did.