Life Lesson #4: Think outside the box
Sometimes a little creative thinking comes in handy… but I often have to remind myself to do it! You, too–or is it just me? Since this series is about lessons I’ve learned from linens, let’s look at a few linen-related examples of thinking outside the box.
Do you have lots…and lots…of doilies put away? I mean, seriously, just how many doilies can you use at one time? Perhaps a few more than you think!
Use a small one to cover the center design on a plate so your centerpiece “shows off” like in this Red Dazzle tablescape.
Or stick a few in a fancy bowl for a burst of visual texture…or “sprinkle” them across your entire tabletop to set a “lacy” mood like I did in this Key to My Heart wedding table.
Then there’s the thrift store box of one- or two-of-a-kind napkins that you love, but what do you do with a box of orphaned napkins?
Another option is to use china…or flowers…or both to tie together all of the colors. Orphaned napkins never looked so good!
Speaking of orphans… At Hope Unlimited for Children, we very often have to “think outside the box” when addressing the heartbreaking realities of the children we serve. Sometimes there are just no easy answers, and that is why it’s so important for every staff member to be diligent in prayer; to have a discerning spirit when the need for creative caring arises…when a child’s future–or life–is at stake. At Hope, we believe in the power of prayer! We’ve seen its impact far too many times not to.
Today begins 30 Days of Prayer for Hope. We have prepared a devotional guide for use between now and Orphan Sunday on November 3, each day’s entry a brief, specific need for which to pray. I invite you to download a copy of the devotional guide–or sign up to receive the daily devotional via email–by clicking HERE. If you’ll be joining me in prayer on behalf of some of our world’s most desperate children, I hope you’ll leave a comment and tell me.
You know… With 27,000 children becoming orphans every.single.day, it’s going to take some serious “out of the box” thinking if we’re ever going to successfully address the problem. Let’s pray about that, too, shall we?
Are you good at thinking outside the box? Does it come naturally–easily–for you…or do you have to remind yourself to do it?
This is part of the 31 Life Lessons from Linens series. If you missed one, they’re all listed HERE.
I’m linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.