There is a song by MercyMe played frequently on Christian radio. It’s called, “I Can Only Imagine” and it is the story of what life will be like once we all arrive in Heaven.
Have you ever imagined what that would be like?
If not or if its been a while, I encourage you to listen to the song here.
We also use this phrase when we hear of something tragic or something joyous happening to others.
We say things like, “I can only imagine what they must be feeling” or ” I can only imagine how happy they must feel”. Why do we say “we can only imagine”? Can we really go there in our imaginations to know how people feel? Is it too much to even think about in our normal conscience so the only way to understand it is to imagine it?
How great is your imagination?
I recently put the following quote on my business card,
“Go in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
When I gave it to a friend of mine, she said, “That is one of my favorites – but there is a problem with it.”
I inquired for her to explain.
“People have dreams and they know what to do to accomplish them but they don’t spend time imagining the life they want to live.”
That got me wondering if there is a difference between going after your dream and going after living the life you have imagined.
Is there a difference?
I think so. A lot of the time, your dream is influenced by what others want for you, not necessarily what you have come up with on your own, by taking the time to really imagine the life you want to be living.
I think that if your dream really came out of what you have imagined that you are less likely to give up on it or stray from it.
So what does your imagined life look like? I’m not asking you to discern whether its possible or not, I am asking you to imagine it. Picture it in your mind, make a list, draw a picture, create a dream board. Imagine ALL the possibilities of what your life looks like.
Start small, like imagine what TOMORROW will look like. Is it different from today? How? What will you do differently?
Once you can imagine what TOMORROW will look like, you can move on to imagining next week, next month, next year, etc.
But one step at a time. Let’s not overwhelm our imaginations! I can tell you from experience that imagining something and then actually having it happen usually SURPASSES whatever you have imagined!
Go ahead and let your imagination run wild!