Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Capturing imagination

I was never going to be "one of those mothers" who sits their child in front of the television. Now that I am a mother, I would do many of the things I vowed never to do, just so I can sit on the toilet without a toddler in my lap. Munch has been watching Cars 2, the introduction has a car suspended above the deck of a ship. She's been gesturing and using her baby talk to explain to anyone who will listen how exciting the scene was. Every miniature car is being suspended in the air, it's really captured her 21 month old imagination. 
Being captured by a vision can be a powerful and life changing thing. In Steve Jobs autobiography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs talks about being inspired by Joseph Eichler's vision to build quality affordable housing. That vision led Jobs to want to build quality affordable electronics. So the seed for Apple computers was planted. Even if you're not an Apple fan, you need to admit that it is the quality and innovation of Apple that keeps PC honest and prevents them from financially pillaging consumers. 
Vision, dreams, captured imagination are what inspires us to greatness. It's the vision of raising functional adults who contribute positively to society that gets the tired mother out of bed. It's the dream of owning a home and raising a family that makes the laborer stick to a job. It's the captured imagination of doing great things after graduation that keeps the student sitting exams.
Proverbs 29:18 has been translated as "Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18KJV)," prosperity gospel preachers like to tell you that this is about having dreams and aspirations for your life. That's not in the text but it's a nice sentiment and an uninspired life is an unlived life, so foster your imagination and chase after great dreams for your life. A better translation of Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) is "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint," people die or cast of restraint without a revelation of God in their life. Without God giving us inspiration, life can be dry and unrewarding.
Munchie may grow up to become the designer of the first levitating car after being inspired by Disney's Cars 2, who knows?
I pray today that you will recieve a revelation of Gods love and a vision of how important your life is in this world. Dream big, be inspired and share the joy.
By Susan Magaitis
Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18)

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