One of my absolute favorite thinkers is Albert Einstein, well except for myself. That sounds pretty arrogant doesn’t it? Why on earth would I think that my imagination would be even in the same universe as his, much less the same neighborhood. I love this quote from the crazy haired man, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”.
Knowledge seems to be the quest for many of us in our western, Miley Cirus, culture (although I am pretty sure that she is not in pursuit of anything other than a buck). I think that most of us believe we will be better off with more knowledge. It makes sense right? The more information you have the better decisions you can make. If this were the case then why do we have mega-pastors screwing up their careers with affairs and financial corruption? Why do we have good-hearted people getting into politics only to be corrupted in the end?
I don’t trust ANY politician!
I trust very few preachers.
It doesn’t seem that there is any limit to knowledge that preachers and politicians give us. They all have the answers. They think they know best, ESPECIALLY for you.
I am picking on these two professions because they are the ones that statistically people DON’T trust. After all, why should we? It seems that if we arm them with a smart phone or a bible they will either be take pictures of their junk or beating you up with law!
People are smart.
I will say it differently, people cannot be fooled all of the time and we are living in a time when people are tired of the STUPIDITY! Most of us are held accountable for living sane, responsible lives and these two groups of men and women are ruining people’s trust because they live as if they have little or no responsibility.
Einstein also said, “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits”. Stupidity seems to have no end, just turn on CNN or Fox News. So what is the point here?
I believe that we are created in the image of God. For those of you new to the faith thing, that means that we carry characteristics and attributes of God. We don’t have all of the answers but we have endless imagination. John Lennon used his imagination in the song “Imagine” where we lived in a world that had no heaven, hell, or nations. We are all one people living for the greater good. That is a God given use of his imagination. Whether you agree with it or not is irrelevant because he is using HIS imagination.
We also know that truth is somewhat subjective because Jesus asked a religious dude a question, “…how do you read it…” as he was referring to the Torah (part of the Old Testament) because he knew that we all look at life through different lenses. What you read may very different from what I read.
So what does this have to do with you and I? What is the point? I believe that people need to use their God given imagination MORE instead of pursing knowledge. Knowledge is not a bad thing. We need it to understand our world and seeking God, ultimate TRUTH. And there are some people out there that will read this and miss the point, but it is our imagination that brings about the real change in our lives.
I imagined a life for myself in which I had a wife, kids and a profession that didn’t suck my life dry. I imagined that I would be happy and fulfilled. Now when reality comes crashing in and it doesn’t always measure up to our imagination then what do we do? How do we react? Many of us start trying to fill our lives with crap, material stuff or sexual encounters to try and bring some fulfillment.
I have always said that the loneliest place in the world is to get everything you thought you wanted, or what some culture said you were supposed to have, and you are still empty.
Are you empty? Are you married and lonely? Are you filling your life with crap that in the end will never satisfy you?
Most of us don’t believe others when they tell you that a “good” life, i.e.-stuff, is not all that good. They have to experience it for themselves. Thus the endless cycle of pastors and politicians wrecking themselves and others in their pursuit of fulfillment.
So what does one do with this information? I say use that imagination! Use your imagination to bring life to your marriage. Get creative! Use that imagination to find peace in a world that doesn’t offer it. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”, is a pretty good quote.
A different spouse or different house is not going to give you what you are looking for. It won’t bring you fulfillment but if you use your imagination, the one that God gave you, you can use biblical principles to spark this engine to make your marriage better, your family better, your career better, your life better.
Like I tell my kids, “you are in control of you”. Take responsibility for YOUR life and YOURSELF and imagine a better, more fulfilled life. Memorizing more bible verses will not give you what you are looking for but take that information (knowledge) and imagine it working in your present situation, with God leading the way, and you will truly build new worlds!
It’s not sexy but its TRUE.
Till next time,