Reimagine

The term reimagine has been used a lot in recent days.  

Some politicians say, let’s reimagine what life could be like, what educating children might look like, what cleaner energy could do for our world, and even how we socialize.  There are a lot of folks wanting things to look a whole lot different than the way they currently look.  The status quo, it seems, is being rejected and replaced with reimagining. Reimagining what a world looks like when everything is shaken up a bit or turned upside down.

Although we would like to think we can “reimagine life,” the truth is, as King Solomon so beautifully said, “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”  (Eccl 1:9 NLT)

But there is something innately human about the idea of imagining and reimagining, thinking about the possibilities.  I like to imagine; it is the creative side of me at work.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 

C.S.Lewis

As a young bride, I repeatedly changed the furniture around in my house to see what way it might look best.  I have changed how my pantry spices are organized, opting for a better and different way of organizing.   As time has gone along, I have imagined how my backyard could look if I only had a little more money, always just a tiny bit out of reach!  Imagining and reimagining can be a good thing.  After all, creativity is a gift from THE Creator, the one who thought it all into existence.  So, let’s for a minute reimagine what could happen to the big “C” Church if we listened and then obeyed JUST one of the verses of the Bible.

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Col 3:16 NLT

I have been thinking about this verse a lot lately. I was wondering what would change in our lives if we were simply obedient to do what it says.  

Let’s take a minute and reimagine:

What would it look like if believers all over the world would be so full of the message of Christ that their lives were a walking advertisement for Jesus?  Not necessarily by what they said but by what they did.  

What if, when believers gathered for a time together around a campfire or dinner table, they automatically began by telling the others present about what they were currently learning in their daily time with God?  

What if, rather than inserting our own opinions into things, we taught each other and counseled each other with the wisdom God gives from his word?  

What if every believer took another believer under their wing and discipled them, helping them to navigate their particular life challenges according to the wisdom in God’s word?  

What if we spent time teaching other believers’ truth and counseling them from the truths in God’s word?  

What if we actually lived with thankful hearts?

Oh, how I want to live in that reimagined world, how about you?  

Father, help me not only to read your words but do them.

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