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Creative Inspiration

While writing a blog for my church I talked to our facilities project manager about how we came up with the ideas for our stage in the gym. During COVID we have held all services in there to be able to socially distance. About two years ago he got his creative inspiration from a coworker wanting to do something with wood. They began researching materials, pricing and availability. They collaborate on pictures they have seen and how to make it work. It is a process. With each idea they juggle logistics of expense, availability and engineering to get things to work on our stage.

Just like how I never quit writing in my mind, they never quit decorating in his mind. The wheels are always turning. I was told a few years ago, for a Christmas theme, he made a fireplace and window. He said it was beautiful because of all of the creative juices flowing from staff and volunteers. One of his favorite things to do is preparing the stage for Vacation Bible School. He said anything with and for the kids is fun! His favorite theme was “tropical”. They built tiki huts, a pirate ship, palm trees and a two story waterfall! Having no idea how to make a palm tree, a volunteer stepped right up saying they knew how and proceeded to make palm trees out of umbrellas and crepe paper! And I remember it was beautiful!

There is the element of magic lighting because it does miracles. He said he had joked with a lighting volunteer that he could bring in a pile of junk and make it look great. He said when we began the “Renovate” sermon series he put that statement to the test. He brought in boards, wires, windows and other things from the garage. Of course, he mounted it in an artistic way so it would have balance! He said when the lights shone on it, that junk looked fabulous.

What an example of how God has given us all unique gifts and talents that set us apart from other people. It’s wonderful to see all the gifts and talents put to use! We are all needed in His Kingdom! 1 Peter 4: 10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” We are a manager of the gifts God has given us. 1 Corinthians 4: 2, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.” What gift or talent has God given you? Let’s glorify God with all our talents!


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