Imagination

The ability to form mental images of things that do not exist

Imagination is more important than intelligence.  Albert Einstein

It is through the imagination that the formless takes form.  Darwin Gross

The world is but a canvass to our imaginations.  Henry D Thoreau

   Our imagination is an extremely powerful force. Few ever really tap into its awesome potential. We can create within our minds things that do not exist. This means we can plan, create, accomplish and reap the benefits of our thoughts. Napoleon Hill stated that whatever the mind of man can conceive, can be achieved. Many renditions of this truth have been stated by famous philosophers and achievers throughout the ages. Scores of today’s and yesterday’s success stories are the result of individuals who used their creative powers to manifest useful goods, services and concepts. These successes all began as ideas created by their imaginations.

    In 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech challenging us to land on the moon by the end of that decade. We successfully accomplished this awesome feat in 1969. This is a wonderful example of the powerful imaginative capabilities of hundreds of scientists who imagined what it would take to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat. They imagined and then they went to work and then created what they been able to imagine.  

    Each of us has used our imagination to help us accomplish many things. We readily do this without having to think about it.  Our imagination coupled with intelligence and knowledge allows us to do such things as building a deck or decorate a room. We can imagine a new home or how to better landscape our yard. Our imagination is powerful and can help us to accomplish much than we have not accomplished so far. It is like any other tool; it is of little value if it stays hidden in the closet.

     Most of us admit to having too many weaknesses and shortcomings. We are “glaringly” aware of our faults and constantly reminded of them. It is easy to get frustrated and angry because we do things we wish we would not do and we do not do the things we wish. This is a major area of disappointment for many. At our disposal is a tool that can help us to literally become whatever we can imagine ourselves to be. This means that we can visualize the person we wish to be. It is as if we can order a new and improved version of ourselves right out of the Sears catalog. If we can see or imagine a better version of “us”, we have it within us to become that person.

Challenge: Make a list of your bad habits, weaknesses and shortcomings. Ask for feedback from friends and loved ones. Revise the list with the undesirables replaced with desirable qualities and traits you wish to have. Numerous times per day, imagine in your mind being the person you wish to be, complete with your new qualities. Believe in your creative ability to become this new person. Let your imagination plan the work.   

Wisdom: Imagination is the first step in creation whether in words or trifles. The mental pattern must always precede the material form.  William W Atkinson.

Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  Romans 8:25

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

If we could actually see the creative potential we have within us, each of us would be doing much more with our lives than we currently are doing. If we believe the Bible, we are told that we are made in God’s image. This means that we have some of his creative power within us. All we have to do is to look around and we see countless examples of this every day. We have not because we are choosing “not to have”.

Prayer: Grant me the ability to see in my mind and in my heart what you want me to see and to become

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