When I was little I used to make decisions based on what I could imagine myself doing. If I couldn’t imagine a situation happening then I assumed that it never would. Now, I had a very vivid and active imagination, but this was still limiting because I had a hard time imagining things outside of my current life experiences. It was often about silly little things, like whether I would go to camp or not or if I would always be friends with certain people. As I’ve gotten older, my life experiences have broadened and so have my expectations for myself. But, I still sometimes limit myself by what I can imagine myself doing.
Just a couple of months ago I was staring at a blank page on my computer screen and I tried to imagine what it would be like to be finished with my thesis. I couldn’t do it. I had no idea what it would feel like on the far side. Of course, at that moment I couldn’t even figure out how I was going to write my thesis, which made it harm to visualize being finished with it. And here I am now, on the other side. My thesis has been approved to go before the committee. And now, I can’t quite imagine being done and graduated, but, I really can.
I guess, the point of this is that we should never let our own minds limit us. Our imaginations are supposed to help us go beyond ourselves, yet I often find myself still limited by myself. I can’t imagine anything better than what I currently have, so I have a hard time trusting that God has better things in store for me. This is especially true in terms of relationships for me. And yet, I don’t want to limit myself based only on what I know.
So, dream free. Imagine the world with all it’s possibilities. And open yourself to the idea that God wants better for us than our greatest imaginations.