I love “what if” thinking and brainstorming. I am energized by a think-tank session with our team or with a client to do what some might call “blue sky” thinking. In fact, our consulting services has a component of this activity. Dictionary.com provides a definition of “Blue Sky Thinking” as “
However, it can not end there.
Last week as I was wrapping up my Bible reading, I read Revelation 21. This drew me back to many of the Old Testament references about the planning, design and construction (not to mention the long term care…see HERE) of the Temple. Check out these examples:
16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[c] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits[d] thick.[e] 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[f] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
I Kings 6:2-6
2 The temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.[b] 3 The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits,[c] and projected ten cubits[d] from the front of the temple. 4 He made narrow windows high up in the temple walls. 5 Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. 6 The lowest floor was five cubits[e] wide, the middle floor six cubits[f] and the third floor seven.[g] He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.
I Kings 7:28-31
28 This is how the stands were made: They had side panels attached to uprights. 29 On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim—and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work. 30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles, and each had a basin resting on four supports, cast with wreaths on each side. 31 On the inside of the stand there was an opening that had a circular frame one cubit[s] deep. This opening was round, and with its basework it measured a cubit and a half.[t] Around its opening there was engraving. The panels of the stands were square, not round. 32 The four wheels were under the panels, and the axles of the wheels were attached to the stand. The diameter of each wheel was a cubit and a half.
I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of detail. I do not observe much “not grounded in reality.”
I see planning.
I see specifics.
I see details.
I see intentionality.
Again…nothing wrong with some level of “blue sky” thinking…but I would argue that the intentional components of your planning, coupled with details, trumps “head in the cloud” activities. At some point, you need to take action and action is supported by planning that is bathed in details.
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