This morning E was walking around the house, pushing her little grocercy cart, focused on the task at hand. I wasn't sure what she was doing, but she came into the living room and slowly transfered all the leggos from her grocery cart into her plastic trick-or-treating pumpkin. She was apparently reorganizing. To her, this was a serious matter, something that had to be accomplished. To me, I was amazed by her imagination. She's still so little, which a realitively limited vocabulaly, that I don't yet know much about her dreams, or how her imagination works exactly. But sometimes I'll find her shopping for leggos, singining a silly song, or rocking her baby to sleep, and I'm reminded of what a beautiful little human she is. How, already at the age of two, her imagination is firmly in place. She imitates, reenacts, and imagines things in her own, happy little world.
The power of the imagination is strong, even in her. This is something I definitely want to encourage in her over the years. I want her to suceed in whatever she puts her mind to. I want her to fulfill her deepest dreams.
I watched a commerical the other day on tv from the Dove Self-Esteem Program. You can watch the commerical here. The commerical basically says that young preteen girls often quit the sport they love most, because they don't feel good about the way they look.
When I saw this commercial, it brought back my own insecurities as a kid. I don't know if there's any way to truly tune out the world and its ideals. To be honest, I still get caught up in apparence issues every once in awhile. But I do think it's important to instill good values. It's important to start our children off right, finding their identity in Christ from an early age. While the Dove commerical isn't a Christian one, I appreciate the work they're doing to instill self-esteem in young girls. Because dreams are a beautiful thing, something we should all work toward. God has given each of us such unique gifts, it would be a shame to never persue them.
I love these verses from 1 Corinthians 12:
"For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, 'Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,' in spite of this it still belongs to the body" (vs. 13-15, HCSB).
The Apostle Paul wrote these words in 1 Corinthians, and I've always enjoyed their reminder on just how different we all our. We come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. But we're all beautiful created in the image of God. (See Psalm 139, another favorite of mine!). It really does us little good to compare ourselves, because some of us may be legs, while others are eyes or ears. All parts have very different tasks to complete, but all are essential to the body as a whole.
My prayer is that my daughter recognizes her uniqueness and embraces the dreams God has placed upon her heart.I'm sure she has a beauitful life in front of her. I can't wait to see what will unfold in the coming years! I believe there's alot of truth in the following verse, "Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires" (Psalm 37:4, HCSB). God knows our inner heart, the things deep inside, and truly wants the best for us. Yes, He sometimes says no to things, because He sees the bigger picture, but He does give us the things our soul truly longs to do. I pray this is true in my daughters life as well.
How do you encourage imagintion in your children? How do you comabat the insecurities of this world, that try to beat those dreams down? How has God realized some of the deepest dreams of your life?