WHEN INSPIRATION BREWS

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The Art of Innovation” by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman.

Today I pray, “Dear God, You know those moments when I know You are inspiring me toward something I can create anew? Yep. Those moments. What am I not picking up there? I typically think something along the lines of, ‘If I could wave a magic wand and have that be in existence now, I would do it. I would wave that wand today. But I don’t want to commit to the work it entails to create this idea as a start-up. Maybe I’ll apply it to something I write someday.’ Any hints and helps among this?”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“I don’t know about you, but I think nine out of ten college guys would agree: More cold beer in the same space is a genuine innovation.”
—TOM KELLEY

This is hilarious. My only Smartphone app idea, which was born in my brain 19 months ago, is completely surrounding the topic of beer. I brought it up to my parents and siblings amid a Christmastime game of Scattergories and sips of local home brews from cupboard-top-shelf pilsner glasses. We thought out the directions the app could take. And then we got stopped on how the app would make money. I will say this: The economics of an idea should never get in the way of an innovative conversation.

So, maybe I’ll re-visit my app idea. Because it is surprisingly smart. And it’s just hanging there like a hymn waiting to be sung. A good drinking song. Martin Luther was innovative. I’m innovative. The idea has been brewing for a content of time. I can authentically make something happen there.

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