Monday, January 22, 2007

Authentic Creativity

Yesterday morning my 6 year old son, who has not really been self motivated to begin writing, came to my wife a few times talking about the sound that the letters in our names make. He even pointed out that Caelan and Ken have the same sound. He was really proud of himself.

Gina followed him into the bathroom and this is what she saw (pic-after painting over it).

That is C for Caelan, A for Austin and L for Levi. Odd that he left out his sister.

We later noticed that he also wanted to monogram the wall next to my sink. And as you will remember Caelan and Ken start with the same sound so Ken's sink has a C monogram.

By the way the monograms don't clean off and I already tried painting over the first one. Were gonna need some primer.

I guess it was sort of a mixed blessing. Levi hated to write and now he has decided to do it all by himself. It will take a little work to fix but we are happy that he is experimenting with the things he is learning and observing.

We need more church leaders with that kind of authentic creativity. If we worry too much about the possible negative outcomes of our idea we may never touch upon new ways to reach the apathetic lost of the world. As we begin to observe opportunities we need to act. As Mark Batterson said in his book In A Pit With A Lion on A Snowy Day, "your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will regret the risks not taken, the opportunities not seized, and the dreams not pursued. Stopping running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path."

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