Do you ever get inspired by people? I do. I gather these little gifts of inspiration that are passed to me all of the time. I hold them in my heart. The inspiration feels like it was made for me and travels into my heart like it has a key to the chest holding my dearest treasures.
I get inspired by God stories. I get inspired by girlie stories. I get inspired by books that I read. I get inspired by movies about real people. I love inspiration because it is something I can pass on. When I am inspired, my mind starts rolling through its rolodex of whom I can share the treasure with. My deepest desire is to pass on the right kind of inspiration at the right time.
James, the half brother of Jesus, is an inspiring gentleman. This morning I was thinking about James’ ability to intuitively gather all of the bias, motivations and intentions of those around him and, through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, deliver a resolution that loops up the group in uniformity in Christ. (i.e., the Jerusalem Council). Wow. I’m inspired.
Have you ever see the movie Miss Potter? The life of Beatrix Potter gives me the idea that I can choose to do anything with the inspiration that resides inside of me. I love Beatrix’ imagination and determination to be who she was made to be. Or, have you read The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis? I love the idea that God reveals to each of us the unknown in our own stories. The knowledge of the invisible work He has done is for our own marvel. “No one is told any story but their own.”
As for girlie stories, have you ever gotten a call in the night from your best friend where she shares in an intimate way how God moved through her in a powerful way against all odds? This kind of inspiration draws me to be on my knees in prayer for my friends. The knowledge of her experience builds my faith in a strong way. I desire to see His work in her life and I want to be a part of her victories.
As for God stories, you are one and I am one and your neighbor is one. We are all walking God stories, either already told or waiting to be written. I can’t help to think that He made us this way so that we can take each other from glory to glory. I hate to think that we all are guilty of hiding or sometimes smoldering our light. Don’t do that. Keep your heart open to what is meant to inspire you. When the moment is right, write inspiration into the heart of someone else.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18.