As I was thinking, praying, worshipping, and reflecting–I thought about our grandchildren. I also remember a quote I once heard: Grandchildren are God’s reward for you not killing your children. And no, I’m not going to brag about how our grandchildren are the best looking and brightest of all grandchildren. Why restate what has already been established as true? As I reflected on this blessing from God, I started thinking about one of our granddaughters, Caroline.
When she was little, my oh my, what an imagination she had, and still does today. If you didn’t notice–I, too have an imagination. So, she must have gotten her’s from me! Anywho, she was always, shall we say, Creative when it came to what she wanted to grow up to be. Once she proudly announced that she wanted to be a Ninja Missionary! When she wasn’t doing Ninja stuff, she said she would do Missionary stuff. Then she decided she wanted to be a Petanarian, that’s a doctor who takes care of pets–that is until she found out she would have to go to school. One day she decided she wanted to be a Singer and a Clothing Designer. She would even design and sew her own clothes. Smart business decision–cut out the middleman. And no one ever told her she couldn’t be any of these things! We allowed her to dream without limits.
I’m being more than the world’s best Grandpa–I’m making a point. Caroline did not know any limits to what she could be when she grew up! Anything and everything was in the realm of possibilities. And you may be thinking, “Oh, that’s just the way kids think! They will grow out of that way of thinking!” And this is my point!!! A kid with an imagination that knows no limits is God speaking to us old fuddy-duddies!
Answer these three questions: Does God have an imagination without limits? Let’s see. . .He created a Giraffe, a Zebra, a Leopard, a Whale, Butterflies, and a gazillion-mile universe. Yep! Question two: Are we created in His image? The Bible says so, therefore we must conclude Yep! Question three: Do we have imagination? Since God does and we are created in His Image, the answer is: Yep!
But there is a problem, actually two problems. One problem is some people use that gift of imagination to do evil. Jeremiah had something to say about this in Chapter 17, Verse 9: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” But the problem bigger and more tragic than using Imagination for evil–Is To Stop Using It Altogether! Without Imagination, we fail to see the full potential for life to be great. The lack of imagination leads us into the Pit Of Despair. It’s that feeling of hopeless that Solomon felt in Ecclesiastes Chapter 9, Verses 3 and 4: It seems so wrong that everyone under the sun suffers the same fate. Already twisted by evil, people choose their own mad course, for they have no hope. There is nothing ahead but death anyway. There is hope only for the living. As they say, “It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion!”
When it comes to YOUR Imagination, How Young Are You? Misusing this Gift Of God for evil is horrible. But not using it at all? Well, that’s just Tragic–it makes any of Shakespeare’s tragedies look like a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie! I’m 65 years old and I know I can’t do certain activities like I did when I was 25. But, thanks to our sweet Caroline, I can still Imagine like I did when I was Young! Your body may be getting older–or like mine–it IS older. But it doesn’t mean our Imagination has to get old! “Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let your joy overflow!” (Philippians 4:4 TPT) It’s like this saying: Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional! And now a word from this morning’s sponsor: