Do you like to think about how things might be rather than remain as they are? Do you imagine what it will be like when your children or grandchildren become adults and are out on their own? Do you imagine how your current work assignment might become your dream job rather than your drudgery job? Do you imagine what your next career move might be and the adjustments it might require? Most of us imagine things regularly.

After a quick search through my friend, Google, I learned that there are over 52 million articles, blogs, etc. available on Google on imagination and leadership. I found this quote on several of them - Imaginative leaders are able to approach unforeseen problems with creative solutions, find innovative ways to lead and develop teams, recognize talent in unexpected places, and can visualize what their organization might face far into the future. Does this sound like you or who you might aspire to be?

In the course of my career, I’ve been part of seven start-ups. All of them came because of a desire to make things different and to meet a felt need. For example, nearly 20 years ago I took a position at a large hospital to create a welfare-to-work program, helping people from the community to gain entry-level healthcare skills. The hospital knew the challenge of finding trained people to be nursing assistants, dietary aides, patient trasporters and unit secretaries. So they imagined a new way to find and train local people who had been on welfare. With a grant, they began to dream and create. We created a curriculum, found qualified instructors, and launched it. At the end of the 1st year, we were having such success that we began opening the door for other local hospitals to interview our students because we’d filled our own quota of workers. We also maintained a 98% success rate of sustained employment, with some students going on to nursing school.

What problems do you see in your world that are going unmet? What changes could be made in the way your teams or organizations view their mission and vision? What talent are you overlooking that could cause your organization or church to flourish rather than just survive?

Imagine what the world would be like if we were all free to imagine, dream and implement. Imagine what you or I could do to change our corner of the world. Imagine how families, institutions, organizations, churches could thrive and grow if we not only imagined but changed our corner of the world. Imagine …

Imagine what you or I could do to change our corner of the world.

Paul reminds us in Ephesians 3 that God can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine - 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Start today by choosing one thing you imagine could be different in the remainder of 2019 or early months of 2020 and set about seeking God’s direction to make that one thing happen. Perhaps it’s a relationship or a position or a possession. Choose wisely with God’s help and see how He changes your heart, your life and your world through the decision you make today!


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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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