Monday, October 14, 2013

On Sponges and Creative Breaks

Creativity and adventure often come in unexpected places.

Like friendship.

Yesterday (the same day I wrote about life in twitter-land), it happened to work out that I got to hang with friend after friend most of the day long. This is what happens when you have friends from different walks of see them one at a time. 

Still, it's my favorite kind of a day.

Sometimes I need to remember why I write. Being with people causes me to remember this. I write to tell stories of mercy and grace because God is good. And I write because of what I find out there. Not what I find in here. Even though it's easy to find good things here, too, to connect to people and to keep up with organizations.

"Certainly, I'm not going to sit on the Internet all day and read what Sam from Iowa is saying about me. But I'm a sponge. I've always been a sponge."

I still choose newspapers over newsfeeds, real live friends over Facebook. Even though perhaps like Emminem, I've always been a sponge, too.

But what good is a sponge if all the water remains trapped inside it?

Creative-ness is like that, too.

I thought I would spend use this week for less blogging and more intentional time for creating and being with people, the usual and unusual suspects.
Need an adventure? Be like a sponge. Or don't. Spend some time with your unlikely friends and enjoy the creative adventure.


  1. Julie,

    What a fun C.S. Lewis quote. It reminds me of Emily Dickenson's "Nobody" poem. The challenge of seeing some friends on by one, I get too. :)

    Nice to have you stop by my post "How Do I Thank God For THAT?" Welcome!

    A counselor. That's great. Thank you for how you help kids. As a youth pastor's wife, I appreciate the help I'm sure you are. Yes, we too encounter situations where we are thankful that God has "even that."

    Blessings to you on your ministry,
    Jennifer Dougan

  2. How fun, the "Nobody" poem. Love me some poetry. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jennifer. I am sure you encounter a ton in your ministry. It's great to have other people to connect with!