I am working through a mind mapping process to lay out some big projects in ministry I feel are really going to take shape and come to life in 2011. I enjoy the process of taking a big, clean, white sheet of paper – the think artist drawing kind, a handful of vibrant, sharpie markers, and just going to town with words, shapes, connectors and arrows. It is almost therapeutic for me. I get to get everything out of my head and onto the paper.
Tonight – it was several papers!
This process also allows me to share, with a great deal of clarity, some of the things I feel God calling me to. Once I get these ideas on the paper they seem more real. They seem like they could actually happen. My ideas, visions, thoughts, impressions from God start to take shape.
Tonight – that’s when it got real exciting!
Tonight – a piece of the map finally fell into place!
There will be more to come on these mind maps I am working on, the components, the ideas, the players, and how I believe God has this coming together. The components are becoming clearer with my involvement in ministry advancing the work of Church Doctor Ministries, working with a growing team of consultants and coaches and developing a larger network of ministry collaborators.
The next step is to add some strategy to the maps – some actual actions to the plans. Then we’ll get to test and see if this is really going to be something I can build on and pursue. All of this happens because I took some time with a big, empty, white piece of paper and just let my mind run.
What do you do to let your mind run?
How do you gain clarity when you have a head spinning with great ideas?