In my last post, the first in this series, I stated that STEP 1 is to CONFESS you have an idea…which is sort of true, but when it comes to witty inventions, the first step is the first step. So, at the risk of being rude, here is Step 1 — again. The REAL Step 1.
In the beginning, was the IDEA. The IDEA was without form and darkness covered the IDEA. The Spirit of God was brooding over the IDEA. God said, “LET THERE BE AN IDEA!” And the IDEA was. And God saw that the IDEA was good. And God called the IDEA, “(Name of Idea)”.
So, that’s how the witty inventions truly start, with the idea from God. I heard one time that God IS all the ideas, and that every single idea MAN has ever had came from Him. This stands to reason, because the Bible says that in Him we live and move and have our being.
Although I had a little fun with the scripture above, in reality, God spoke the idea into creation, just like light. He is the only One who can create something from NOTHING. So, all ideas emanate from God. At least for OUR purposes! We’re giving God ALL the Glory! Amen?
Now, on to the REAL Step 2 — MOVING on your idea. If you are here, with a piece of paper and a writing instrument in your hand (or your laptop open to a word processor!) you are.
That was simple.
Step 3…Ok, back to Step 2. I was just teasing you.
Moving on your idea is actually THAT. Take your idea seriously. Stop procrastinating. Get moving on turning that idea into reality. Start looking around. Look at all the crazy stuff “As Seen On TV”! Somebody had to think all that stuff up. Darryl and I were shocked at Walmart to discover an entire aisle of things “As Seen On TV”, right by the cash register!
You may actually GET ideas once you start looking around. You’ve heard the term, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Don’t forget, God fills our every NEED out of HIS riches in Glory by Christ Jesus! So, start inventing! Have a need for something? Let Him fill it – with a brand new way of doing it.
See if your idea is useful, saleable, marketable. Does it solve a problem? If it is of the Lord, it probably solves someone’s problem! What if their problem is merely as simple as a new way to comb their hair, or a unique system for hanging up clothes? A new piece of luggage? It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, but what if it is? I have heard of an electrician who was given the idea and plans for a piece of ophthalmologic (say THAT three times fast!) equipment. He funded a major ministry with the proceeds of the sale of the idea.
What if people need and desire change, such as losing weight, or more time with their children? How many different ways can you think of to help them? There are as many different ways as there are people, and your ideas will solve a problem for them.
How about those things that the Lord is using to give the desires of the heart? I can think of LOTS of ways that could happen.
We don’t have to stick with just “useful”. I mean, look at the “Pet Rock” of the 1970’s. Or the “Chia Pet”. Or a great piece of jewelry? It could be anything.
My inventor friend, who has a patent by the way, started out by inventing a game in the 1970’s. She became a nurse, and invented several health-care related items. She invented “The Busy Blanket”, a blanket for Altzheimer patients to keep their hands busy. It has all kinds of buttons and yarn and zippers on it to keep their hands occupied. She also invented “The Saddle Seat” for wheelchair bound patients. This is a foam block shaped similarly to a western saddle to help patients sit upright and stop them from sliding out of the wheelchair.
Her most recent invention is the patented procedure and a special tool she developed for relief from a kind of facial pain called TMJ. You can find the page for the company she sold (yes, you read that right!) on Facebook at “TMJ Pain Solutions”. Not plugging her, just her abilities!! She isn’t involved in this process. But I know I can trust her advice, on this and on spiritual issues.
Anyway, we’ll go on to that in another blog. This one is merely to tell you to do one thing:
WRITE DOWN YOUR INVENTIONS and IDEAS and MAIL THEM TO YOURSELF.
I believe you should pray over them, as I did mine. Print out and put the pages with your ideas from the Lord into some envelopes. Seal the envelopes with the blood of Jesus. Mail yourself a copy and most importantly — make a copy before you seal the envelope!! From experience I know you won’t remember them all.
Step 1: Confess your Favor
Step 2: Write down the inventions and mail them to yourself