flowerPerhaps we are never more like God than when we are creating. Everything that exists was once merely a figment of someone’s imagination. Every beautiful building, work of art, tasty dish of food, invention – functional or whimsical – each started out in the mind. I am looking at some cabinets in my living room, and it occurs to me that a designer saw these cabinets way before they ever came to be. Before the craftsman figured out how to fashion the wood into the correct shapes, before the painter applied the stain and varnish, someone saw the finished product in a place no one else has ever been.
Of course, we can use our imagination to do destructive things, too. You don’t have to look very far to see that some of the things conceived in the mind of man are pretty horrible. It’s a powerful thing, imagination. Guard it well. Use it wisely.
When Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength,” the word for “mind” in the Greek is actually the same word as “imagination.” Put your mind to work today. Let yourself create some good thing, good action, good ponderings, and watch the world around you shape up to conform to your deep thoughts. My first Gracie Book, “The Two Doors,” is a story about a little girl who learns to put her imagination to work so that she can enjoy her life again. I can’t wait for you to meet her!