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Is Your Assembly Open to Crazy Ideas?

Is Your Assembly Open to Crazy Ideas?
Nov 21 Tags: outreach | 2 Responses Print Save as PDF

“If at first an idea isn’t absurd, there is no hope for it.” Albert Einstein

I have ideas – lots of them – all the time. I am always of the inclination, though, that they are crazy ideas, and I often don’t act on them or I’m afraid to act on them for fear of criticism.

Cruising cars across Canada?

My father-in-law is an idea guy too. But he is more of the same mind as Mr. Einstein. He once had a notion to collect a bunch of classic cars, take them around the country and proclaim the gospel using them as an illustration and to draw and connect with people.

And he actually did it. Cross Canada Cruisers was born. The gospel was spread using that crazy idea and it wasn’t the first or last crazy idea he has had and acted on.

So what does the Bible say?

I know I have questions about crazy ideas. What are we to do with our ideas that seem to pop into our minds at crazy hours or in the midst of doing something entirely different? Where do these ideas come from?

Are we supposed to act on our ideas? Will elders support people with ideas? Will God bless the crazy ideas? What does the Bible say about crazy ideas?

The Bible is loaded with crazy ideas

When I thought a bit more on the subject, I couldn’t help but laugh because the Bible is pretty much loaded with crazy ideas. There is a lot of evidence of the unconventional in the way the Lord works.

You really don’t have to go too far in Scripture to see that God cannot be put into a box when it comes to how He works. We see Him using lanterns, horns, donkey jawbones, one smooth stone and a woman with a tent peg to accomplish some amazing things.

So why do we think He would work any differently in our lives?

As an encouragement here is a verse. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23 This is speaking of the workplace, but I think it should also be applied to anytime we are working, even when we are working within the assembly in serving the Lord.

What does it mean by “do your work heartily”? The word heartily means “breath of life”. Put your breath of life into your work as for the Lord rather than for men. My breath of life would be creative in nature because God made me that way and He wants to use me and my abilities to bless His church.

I’ve seen crazy ideas in my own assembly

I have some really amazing elders in my assembly and one of the things I love most about them is they encourage creative ideas when it comes to outreach. Some ladies at our chapel once had a Princess Party outreach for little girls and their moms.

I know for a fact in some assemblies, this idea would be squashed and no doubt there would be a gentle rebuke that went along with the firm “no”. But our elders said “Sure. What can we do to help?”

Everyone else in the assembly asked what they could do to help and invited neighbors and friends and co-workers. As a result, we had a family come to the Lord and they are a part of our fellowship today. Now I would say that is evidence the Lord blessed that crazy idea!

And more crazy ideas

Our assembly has been involved in many innovative ideas. Changing our entire chapel building into the wild west, a space station, Egypt and a trip around the world for summer programs. Golf tournaments, Veggietales parties, community carnivals, a professional juggler show are just a few things we have been involved with.

These activities have kept our assembly fresh, alive and always reaching out with the gospel.

It’s your turn!

What ideas do you have right now? Is it possible the Lord gave you the idea? Is there a way you feel you can breathe your life into your service for Him? Don’t wait. Go and make that crazy idea a reality.

Janice Nicholson

Janice attends Thorold South Gospel Chapel in Southern Ontario.  She was raised in a Catholic family and was saved at 17 yrs. old and has been in the assemblies since.  She is a wife and mother of 3 teen boys.  She maintains a blog called mydayswithautism.ca that chronicles her days raising two boys with Autism.

2 Responses to Is Your Assembly Open to Crazy Ideas?

  1. Dan

    I for one applaud your crazy ideas, as well as your your receptive elders and eager co-labourers. Assemblies need people like you, and fresh ideas and perspectives such as the ones you provided. Thanks for this encouragement.

  2. Brad

    Thanks so much for this!! I needed this encouragement today!! Love your crazy ideas!

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