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If We Could Do Anything

Steve Mickel

At Westside, we often say, “if we could do anything, without restriction, what would we do?” This “blank canvas” kind of thinking creates innovation. So often we allow the boundaries that exist to limit our thinking and creativity. But here’s the problem: blank canvases are actually hard to find in the chaotic world where the demands of life press in on us and can stifle innovation. This tension drives me towards a two-prong approach to innovation:

1) Create open spaces in my life. Do you know Jesus was a thief? He was. He stole time from everything that was demanding attention. He took from those things and created space to hear God, to be refreshed, to breathe. Open spaces don’t just happen, they are created with intentionality. And if you don’t create space, life will close in on you and suffocate the innovation right out of you.

I don’t pray for a life without trouble – I pray for the creativity of God to speak into the trouble.

2) Chaos is not the enemy to innovation. It actually is the fodder for implementation. Once you steal time and create open space and hear from God, then you go back into the chaos. It is there that innovation is implemented. God wants to use the craziness to speak truth and life. It was the storm that created an opportunity for stillness; it was the blindness that created opportunity for sight; it was the hungry that created opportunity for justice. I don’t pray for a life without trouble – I pray for the creativity of God to speak into the trouble.

When I think about creating open spaces, I think about a place where people, pastors, leaders and anyone can come and be refreshed and receive an innovative word from God for their situation, no matter how chaotic it might be. Will you join me on the mountaintop, at the well of living water, to receive from our Lord?

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