“Working For The Weekend”

The weekend is here. Of course, we still have PLENTY of time before services start so we don’t have that “panic” feeling just yet.

It’s always amazing to me that no matter how much I think about an object lesson, a PG way of telling the story of David and Bathsheba, look for a cool song to sing that connects with the service theme or whatever it is,  my best ideas come to me 3 min before the service starts. I think I know one reason why is because we do so many different things that nothing gets all of our attention and focus until it’s time to execute, aka “GAME TIME.”

Maybe this is not a problem for you and you should feel fortunate if that’s the case, but for the rest of us we have to find a way to maximize our creative abilities and discover those great ideas with plenty of time to implement them.

Here are a couple of things you can try when you are thinking through your service planning for the weekend:

  1. Take a notebook, computer, iPad or whatever you like to keep notes on and escape somewhere other than the bathroom for an hour or so.
  2. Start writing down all the “to do items” that come to your mind.
  3. Once you have completed your list of 432 action items, start a new page with the objective in the title; like ”service on forgiveness,” “large group games” or “how to communicate to a Harry Potter crowd without offending the homeschoolers,” etc.

The idea here is to empty your head of all those “things” you NEED to do so you can free your mind to focus on the issue at hand.

Try it and see if this little “mind dumping” process works. Let me know what you discover in the process.

Speaking of creativity (smooth transition), next week I want to share with you some incredible things I’ve learned about creativity from a book entitled The Accidental Creative.

Also next week:

  • Look for more funny pictures on the button entitled “The Things We Do For Kids”
  • I have some fun game ideas to share with you.

See ya.


  1. Julie Sathoff says:

    Love these posts!!!! Can’t wait for more!

    • Thanks Julie, I appreciate that encouragement. If you have any ideas or things you would like to share, please let me know.

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