It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside. The girls are joining me again as they have really enjoyed it the last two weeks AND WE’RE SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU: We are hosting a link-up for Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition over at Desperate Homeschoolers! So please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us over there! I also thought it would be fun to pick a photo each week before writing time and then try to somehow link them together in my five minutes of writing once I find out the word for the week. I’m also going to share this post over at Ladies Holiday’s Photo Friday Blog Hop and at Create with Joy’s Wordless Wednesday in a few days so I’ll be picking my photo with those in mind. So here’s my photo: And my five minutes of writing begins here:
I’ve been thinking about the role of imagination in my spiritual life since Good Friday. I was looking for some activities to do and came across an article that talked about how necessary imagination was for spiritual development. Something about how we have to be able to imagine our lives being different than they are for any change to take place. And it said something about having our imaginations enraptured by God. I loved that! So I’ve been thinking about what that would look like in my own life. Imagining my life looking more like Jesus. Imagining how Jesus would respond to my kiddos when they’re not at their best. Imagining how Jesus would reach out to my neighbors even when the time wasn’t the most convenient.
Now, how does that relate to my picture? Hmmm… Well, I suppose imagining my life different comes first, but the next step would be actually practicing doing what my Role Model does. Just like my kids are doing in this picture. They see me bouncing our new little guy to sleep often throughout the day and when they were given mini exercise balls, the first thing they did was go and find dolls and bounce them to sleep. They were imagining their lives different than they are. And then they did what their role model (me – Yikes!) does.
So I guess that’s my challenge for this week. Imagine how Jesus would respond in each situation I face, and then practice doing it.
So time’s up but I wanted to share that quote I was thinking of when I was writing, so I went to find it, and here it is:
“Those filling the pews every Sunday may be full of information about God, and they may be trained to obey God, but without an imagination enraptured by God, they will be powerless to live the life he’s called them to. They simply cannot imagine living any differently than the culture around them.”
Isn’t that powerful?! It’s from an article written about Good Friday by Skye Jethani for Christianity Today. You can find the whole article here. Okay, I guess I’ll wrap it up for today. Have a great weekend!