Have you ever had an idea pop into your head that you eventually ignored because it simply seemed too crazy after you had time to think about it? Yeah, me too. Today I want to talk to you about this concept while giving honor to someone who did just that. As you may or may not know, God had given me story lines for our Easter musical productions over the past 5 years that have been a modern, real life story parallel with the traditional Easter story. But where did that concept start. Well . . . from a crazy idea.
You see, a man by the name of Orville Ormsby came to me occasionally with creative and “out of the box” ideas for our musicals. Around 2008-2009, he suggested we do an Easter musical that’s set in modern times. To which I responded, “Orville, I don’t see how I can change our community established Easter productions with a modern version.” Why am I telling you this? Well, it was that crazy idea that planted a seed in me that would change our production ministry for years to come. Although I haven’t written a story completely set in modern times, in 2010 I first wrote a musical that dealt with a real life (modern) situation and demonstrated how one could parallel that with the story of hope, healing and wholeness found in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This had continued in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 with other modern stories that confront hard-hitting, real life situations and a biblical response to every one of them.
This past week, we had a memorial service for Orville as he passed away early this year. My heart was heavy but I was reminded of a man who had some great, yet crazy ideas and, although may often been dismissed, his crazy idea was the foundation for what we created in our musical productions and eventually played a part in my current effort to produce a movie.
So the next time you have a crazy idea, embrace it. We may not always be able to see our crazy ideas come to fruition but one thing I know is every creative effort I’ve had started with some crazy ideas and concepts in the beginning. Don’t just follow the paths that others suggest or have already established. Blaze new trails with crazy ideas. Henry Ford , the inventor of the modern automobile, said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” As we know, what he created instead was something that changed history.
In closing, I want to give honor once again to Orvlle, my friend, who inspired me to think out-of-the-box with “crazy ideas”. I hope he inspires you to do the same.