Imagination, Never Alone and Never Finished

Vol. 6, No. 12– March 21, 2021

Imagination, Never Alone and Never Finished

1 Corinthians 2:16

For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.  –1 Corinthians 2:16

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I am often found thinking, contemplating. It is one of my favorite pastimes. You might be surprised to know we were created for creativity. Our eyes include looking for opportunities. Our ears listen for directions. Our minds require challenges, or we delve into boredom. Our hearts are special—they have a built-in longing for God’s way.

If we were made so, would it not seem reasonable for us to make a point to use these built-in traits as we go through our days? Everything I recall being great in my life started with a daydream. That is surely true with you as well.

The miracle of imagination is this: It has the power to light the fire of our passion. People who use God’s gift of imagination are people of action; they do not stop with dreams. God gives us ability as a flame to our passions. Creativity can be seen as a fire.

When God created us unique, that brings with it a characteristic of seeing things afresh. I find my imagination taking off day or night, in all kinds of circumstances. How about you?

Someone has said we should never cross a bridge until we get to it; yet this world is impacted by those who have been busy imagining ahead of the crowd reaching the bridge. God clearly gives us a view of what is in the future of humanity, and challenges us to act before those events occur.

Our imaginations are indicators (think internal technology) of our potential contributions. We are able to tell if it is a God-given idea, because it will never be in contradiction with God’s Word.

Michelangelo saw a block of marble that the owner said was of no value. It is valuable to me, replied Michelangelo. There is an angel imprisoned in it, and I must set it free. Imagination!

Life Application

There are certainly people wiser and more intelligent that we are. Better educated. More experienced. However, no person has a corner on imagination, desire, or ambition. The thing that we must understand is that God’s gift of imagination was never intended to cease while we live on this earth.

The creation of a thousand forests begins with one tiny acorn. The tiny mustard seed grows a giant of a bush to produce what seems impossible.

No one that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise. –Woodrow Wilson

Scripture says that Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Being a person that withholds imagination makes us less that what God expected from us. Imagination is one of the most healthy gifts we can ever receive. It uses other gifts: the eyes, the mind, the ears, and the heart. What a wonderful God we have.

You are a candle to be lit; light the fire of your imagination. God is never finished with His child.

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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

March 21, 2021

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