by Roger Thomas

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Series: First Person Youth Dramas: Imagining Your Faith
Roger Thomas
David--1 Samuel 26

Introduction: Imagining is fun. Anyone can do it. In fact, kids are better at it than adults. As people grow older they often lose some of their imagination. That's not always good. When you were younger, you probably played with imaginary friends. You could make your toys come alive in your imaginations. In your imagination, a stick becomes a pirate's sword and a cardboard box a castle. Barbies and teddy bears were well-mannered guests at a fancy dinner. A bicycle can turn into a police motorcycle.

Sometimes imagining is pretending, making up things that aren't really true. That can be good or bad. It is good when it is fun and when it helps you learn to think better. It can be bad if it is a way to get away from something we don't like rather than working to change the bad things around us. Sometimes imagining is dreaming. We imagine what we want to happen. Wishing about things in our imaginations doesn't make them happen but it can help us try harder in real life. Dreaming big dreams can help us work to make those dreams come true. Dreaming about winning a gold medal at the Olympics can motivate us to work harder and longer. Imagining that we will someday play the piano before hundreds of cheering fans can keep us practicing when we would rather do something else.

Imagining can also be thinking. We think about a problem and try to figure out what to do. In our heads, we try one solution and then another, each time trying to imagine what would happen if we did that. That's often how inventors come up with new ideas. They think and think until they come up a totally new solution to an old problem.

Our imaginations help us understand the Bible also. I don't mean pretending or making up things that aren't true. I mean thinking about what is true, thinking about what happened a long time ago and trying ...

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