When summer plans are cancelled, a lot of parents stress about how to keep their kids busy. Psychologists say the best thing you can do is set a schedule for your child in the summer. Schedule regular wake up time, chore time, meal times and make sure to schedule a regular bed time! I want to be strategic in scheduling some sports time to force the kids to get outside. In addition, I want to be strategic about helping my kids grow spiritually this summer. Here’s some idea starters!
It’s just news if you have no characters. Bland, boring information doesn’t evoke much of a response. You are a storyteller and you can contrast light from darkness when you focus on the characters in the human interest stories you share.
Film director & screenwriter, Jean Luc Godard said, “Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.” Click for more!
The Devil uses the same playbook over and over again! Six weeks ago he was stirring up fear about the WHAT IF’s, and he’s doing it again this week.
Last month the fear was: WHAT IF the economy tanks? WHAT IF my income drops? What if my industry doesn’t bounce back as quick as others? WHAT IF this drama lasts longer than a month? The WHAT IF’s will always drive you crazy because they remind you that you are not in control!
Today he’s using the SAME playbook again. WHAT IF we open too soon? WHAT IF our government makes a mistake? WHAT IF our sales/donations don’t bounce back in a month work? WHAT IF more people get sick in the fall and this swings back worse than what we’re dealing with now?
It’s the SAME playbook with a twist on days’s events. Focus your eyes back on Jesus – not on your circumstances! WHAT IF God actually shows up in a bigger way than you could ever imagine?
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
This was an interesting Easter weekend, but many churches said they actually had MORE people watch their church services online this week, than they have ever had in their building. It’s funny to say “watch” instead of “participate,” but isn’t that the reality of what most non-believers do even when they attend a church in person for the first time? They don’t know the songs, they don’t know when to stand up or sit down, they don’t want to shake everyone’s hand or be singled out. They don’t know much about the pastor or the people leading worship on stage. They feel out of place because they know they aren’t part of the regular club, but they are taking it all in, hoping God speaks to them in a special way. Think about all the new people who are tuning into your show this week. Do they know the songs? Do they know the Christian buzzwords? Do they know the artists leading worship?What do they know about you and your personalities on the air? Think about what you can intentionally do to welcome these people in to grow deeper with you! Think about how you can develop more on ramps to get them up to speed and invite them to plug in deeper. Don’t talk at them, wrap your arm around them and encourage them. Love them to life and show them they are welcome regardless of where they are in their faith journey . If you need help, contact us at Creative Cardio Showprep!
Here’s a neat walk through Holy Week that might give you some rich content ideas. Use your storytelling skills! Think about the characters, the setting and the conflict in this story! Shine your camera angles in some new places with these stories!
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
― C.S. Lewis
There’s a lot on our listener’s mind this week. It’s Holy Week, it’s spring break and the news keeps telling our families to freak out about getting sick. You may be ONLY person in your listener’s life consistently reminding her about what real hope is this week! Be strategic with your camera angles and show her that you are right here with her, dealing with the same tension she is. Hebrews 11:1-3 reminds us, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
Many of our government experts say the next few weeks will get worse before they get better. So what? Worrying about all the WHAT IF’s will drive you crazy. Let’s own the fact that we are already living through serious disruption, so figure out where the catalyst of your fear lies and pray specifically about that. Give it over to God, because Jesus has already walked with us through tough season of our life, so why would this week be any different for Him?
This week is Passover, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. These are the biggest game changers our world has ever seen! Share those stories and explain the personal relationship you have with Jesus. Focus on the power of resurrection. Be a life giver. Be an encouragement. Surround your listeners with things that are helpful and hopeful. Share your own stories and show how you are tangibly living life with them. (We’re walking through the same tensions, concerns and feelings, but I have hope because of what Jesus did on the cross for me and my family!)
Building a phone discussion is a lot more strategic than asking your listeners a boring question. It’s about inviting them into a conversation that’s already happening. It’s about compelling them to take time out of their busy morning because they have something to contribute. Try making statements in addition to asking questions. People respond to statements that make them think. People respond to statements that are bold. Think about new statements you can use to personally invite your listeners to call and contribute! Use dry calls, recorded voices of other people on staff and recorded audio clips to spark a discussion! Encourage people to call and encourage one another too! Remind them that their voice matters!
“Find the helpers when you want to share hope. You can always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers.
Look for stories where you can share the heart of the helpers! Our world has been crazy this week, and it doesn’t look like that will change tomorrow. God has given you a circle of influence to share hope and encouragement in your show. You don’t have to mention Corona at all, just share stories that point your listeners to God’s goodness and the generous heart of people. Look into God’s word for encouragement. Actually listen to the words in the songs you are playing! Champion a heart of service. Champion a heart of gratefulness. Champion generosity. Be a hope dealer!
If you need showprep, just walk through your grocery store and talk to people! Look for those who appear stressed. Ask how you can serve them. Ask about their experience this week. It might be hustling for childcare, fear of being laid off, no toilet paper in stock, babysitters cancelling, hours cut at work, the election, no lunches at school for the kids since it’s cancelled, the losses in their 401k if they are elderly, fear of infecting someone if you feel under the weather, or it might be worry over their elderly parents who live alone. Think about where your listener is right now, and how you can speak to their need.
Here’s the recording from our entire Creative Cardio Easter brainstorm call! Feel free to share this with your team. It will be up for the next week for free, then it will go to the brainstorm call archives for our paid members. Grab a pen and click here to listen!