When I get an idea, I tend to tell myself like the nursery rhyme character holding up a plum, “Oh, what a good girl am I!” Then I check myself: Wait a minute. Those good ideas come from God. God put that good idea into my head. God put that good desire into my heart. As Richard Rohr says, “We are always and forever merely seconding the motion” (Naked Now, 2009). And so my prayer giving strength to my idea or desire is “I second the motion, God.” Then I need to use that idea and follow that desire, for it is from God.
When you get an idea, do you thank God, or do you let your ego pat you on the back?
What desires are in your heart? How are you following them?