Wednesday’s Word of the Day: Fecundity

31 08 2011

Today is word is fecundity.  This word has several definitions centered around fertility.  An obvious definition is the ability to produce offspring, but an alternative definition is a creative mind, or a fecund imagination.

Creative Minds

The root of the word come from the Latin fecunditatem meaning fruitfulness.  Using the alternative meaning, a fruitful imagination can be a very good thing, but it can also be very destructive.  The destructive imagination takes two forms in the same place, the “secret thought life.”  The first kind of secret thoughts we have are negative; they can be negative because we don’t accept ourselves or our perceived faults.  The second is the opposite of the first because we can think to highly of ourselves.  I would call the second the day-dreamer problem.  We create this false iconic self that is not based in reality.  These people do heroic things, say the things we are too scared to say, and/or do the things we are too scared to do.  The problem we will never be them in reality.  We might be them on-line as in funny Facebook or blog posts, but these are simply virtual realities.

The better kind of fecund mind is found in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 55, verses 8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the LORD’s declaration. 9″For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thought than your thoughts.”  The verses say to me, the “better” way is the LORD’s way. The verses that support this thought are too numerous to ruminate on the all, so I simply mention Proverbs, chapter 3, verses 5-6. “Trust in Lord with all your Heart. Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

I was reading my favorite magazine, when I stumbled across an article that address the secret thought life through the lens of the “LORD’s Prayer.”  The authors of the article make the point that as we look toward heaven, “we’re ready to ask and then God will supply our needs.”  They also make the point that the prayer is designed to “Teach us what to ask for.” It changes the focus of our minds from earthly to heavenly things, or “things above.”  According to the authors, it’s “the things above that set our imaginations free.”  I would say set free from the bondage of a lowly, or negative, view or a grandios, or inflated, view of ourselves.

Have any of you ever scarred yourselves with these detrimental views of yourselves?  Are you still inprisoning your imagination to the lowly things of this world? If so, I invite you to let those views go and seek a higher way. He, who makes the offer and is its author, is greater than he who is in the world. (see 1 John 4:4)

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4 responses

31 08 2011
Collin

You mean my FB persona is not my own?!? Maaa-aaan…. 🙂
I enjoy your word of the day! I had not thought of that aspect of fecund before!

3 09 2011
Greg Poppy

Collin,
Thank you for your kind comments!

31 08 2011
dumas124

It is so easy to go both ways in thought process. I agree, the important thing is to keep our mind focused on the Heavenly Kingdom. The Lord picks us up when we are down, but keeps our pride in check when we get boastful! When we realize that He is Lord, we realize that we can do great things, but we also realize we are just dust! 😀

3 09 2011
Greg Poppy

Alex,
That is so true. It is amazing what its like to keep the proper perspective of ourselves in light of His Mercy and Grace.

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