How to Deal with the Despair of too Many Ideas

Barbara Graves —  September 16, 2010

Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

As children’s leaders, we often schedule a full time passion in a part time calendar. There just isn’t enough time to get everything done that our hearts want to do.  And with the availability of so many great ideas for ministry through social networks, the idea base grows by leaps and bounds while our available time frame stays the same. My passion for kids knowing Jesus causes me to want to try to do everything possible to help facilitate those relationships. But there simply isn’t enough time in my day (or night) to do everything. The more I see, the more I want to do, and all too often, the more I feel disappointed in myself for not accomplishing it all. It’s dealing with that disappointment, and sometimes, shame, that has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I try to do my best, give it all I have. But many times, all I have isn’t enough to do all I would like. And I feel like a failure in those times.

What I have learned is that I have to discern whose idea it was to start with: mine or God’s. I have lots of ideas. Some are better than others. Some I truly believe are inspired by God. Some are simply the result of too much coffee and too little sleep. Most are good ideas that would be great for our children’s ministry. But, there are a few that I know are God-ideas. Those are the ideas that come with a deep tug at my heart. Those are the ones that stop me in my tracks, or jump off a page. Those are the ones that I have to make top priority. And, I believe, those are the ones that Phillipians 4:13 will cover,

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

When God gives us an idea, a vision, a call, or however it may come, He will give us the means to do it. Joshua 10 tells us that the sun stood still for Joshua to complete the battle God had called him to fight, but that was the only time that happened. When God put an extraordinary call on Joshua’s life, He also gave extraordinary provision. Joshua didn’t get extra hours every day.

If you struggle with feeling discouraged at what you can’t accomplish right away, ask yourself, truthfully, “Whose idea was this anyway?”. If you know it was God’s, do it! Put it at the top of the list and do whatever it takes to see it implemented. Otherwise, make new folder, gather all the information in one place and work on it as you can. Work diligently, but don’t skimp on your sleep – God may have a new dream ready for you tonight!

Barbara Graves

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Barbara is a married mother of 4 grown kids. She is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Momentum Church in Woodstock, GA where she oversees kids from birth to 5th grade. She can often be found driving around north Georgia, usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.

5 responses to How to Deal with the Despair of too Many Ideas

  1. Felt a tug to click on this link retweeted by someone on Twitter and it is definitely a word I needed to read and hear from a #kidmin colleague and from God. Thank you!

    • Leena, I hope this was encouraging to you. It’s one of those issues that I still deal with on a regular basis, and have to remind myself often! Thanks for retweeting it, too!!

  2. Nice post. I’ve found that if I can accomplish something by myself, it’s probably my idea. If it’s something consistent with His purposes that can’t be accomplished without His help, it’s probably His idea.

    • That is so true, Dr. G.! When it’s His idea, and He enables it to be done, then He gets all the praise because it was so obvious that He accomplished it! Those are the best!!

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