We spend a great deal of our time living in our imagination. We picture (imagine) our past and it can cause us to live in regret and remorse over things that could have been but were not.
We imagine (picture) our future and worry about what might be.
Most of the time we let our imagination run free like a spoiled child acting without restraint saying whatever comes to mind, demanding attention, acting out their impulses without any regard for other people’s feelings.
Just as a spoiled child controls the parent, distresses the parent, and causes unrest and discomfort, so our imagination controls our feelings and causes us unrest and discomfort.
Imagination is not bad in and of itself, it becomes bad when it is left unchecked and undisciplined.
The apostle Paul exhorts us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Take your imagination and bring it under control use your imagination for good. God tells us to forget those things which are behind and to press forward. Do not dwell on what could have been or on what you should not have done; lay it to rest because God has laid it to rest. His mercies are new every morning, His forgiveness unfathomable.
Do not worry about the future but instead use your imagination to think on these things… whatever is true, whatever is noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy. These are what God has called us to think on. Philippians 4:8
Use your imagination to see what could be through the power of God working in you. Imagine the life you want to live, imagine the personality and character you want to be, imagine what you want to be doing and where you want to live out this awesome life.
Now here is an exciting promise; no matter how big you imagine, God is already ahead of you. It says in Ephesians 3:20 ” Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”.
You can’t even imagine all that God can do and wants to do in and through you. But go ahead and have fun trying because it sure beats worrying.