I love hearing married couples share the stories about how they met and why they choose to stay together after many, many years. They describe each other sing a string of words that remind you of a Valentine’s Day greeting card. Then they often land on a phrase that echoes how great their spouse is for them.
Many would hear couples speak like that and think their lives are perfect and that their relationship is problem-free. But every one of those couples knows that’s never really the case–because they’re all imperfect people, like me and you. Everyday isn’t like a romantic novel or a fairytale. There are arguments to settle, struggles to overcome, and tough times to work through. They just wake up each day with a new resolve to continue loving each other and making room for more beautiful moments in their relationship.
I believe inspired living works in much the same way.
It is a wonderful thing to believe that God has a plan for me and that He is establishing my steps–by using the things around me to motivate me to take action and move forward.
But in order to do that, I have to acknowledge my imperfection and submit to His perfect process. I also have to recognize that a perfect process for God doesn’t mean eliminating my bad days, the days I don’t feel creative, nor the days I feel unhappy. No matter how much I may want that to happen.
For me, inspired living is about letting go of perfectionism and embracing each day as it comes with a desire to learn, grow, and share. It allows me to become more receptive to the beautiful things in the world and how they can inspire me in a positive way–so I can keep moving, especially through the hard days.
This is Day 27 of the series, 31 Days of Inspired Living. In this series, I’ll write about what I think it looks like to find the inspiration that makes us better. I’ll also offer some encouragement for your journey. In case you missed a day, you can find previous posts in the series here.