When I became obsessed with the word inspiration and it’s power, it was almost ten years ago. Back then, I saw the inspiration that makes us better as the things that encourage us to do something to challenge ourselves, especially those of us who are writers and artist-types. Now, I know that view was only two-dimensional because I never considered that the source of that inspiration may be a force beyond the thing that inspired me.
Writing this series helped change my perspective.
With every post I wrote, I thought about a dinner my husband and I had with our pastor and his wife. It was the typical get-to-know-you dinner where we talked about our passions and shared the pieces of our stories that lead us to become believers, and ultimately brought us to our current home. But during the flow of conversation, I ended up mentioning my writing journey and how I blog about the things that inspire me in a positive way. In the midst of that small talk, that pastor shared something that inspired me in a big way.
“You know,” he said with a drawl that dripped pure and rich like raw honey, “the Holy Spirit is considered the original inspiration.”
I’d always heard about the Holy Spirit inspiring the scriptures of the Bible, but never heard it said quite that way before. And in the back of my mind, it made me question whether I could be inspired in the same way. Was I even worthy of such inspiration? Or could it be that the way I see remnants of God in the things that inspire me is all a part of God’s magnificent plan for my life?
These days, I still don’t think I’m exactly worthy, but–because God is so merciful–I do believe is it possible.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
God makes the path for His children, and it is paved with moments that work to glorify Him.
If you were to look up the word inspired, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary would define it this way:
: outstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration
To me, inspired living makes room for divine inspiration; it makes room for God. It is a life where God moves in it, breathes on it–where our will eventually becomes a desire to do God’s will, and His Spirit guides us and motivates us. It is where we draw near to Him as He draws near to us, and we see His character and gain pieces of His wisdom.
It is beauty in it’s fullest–when we make ourselves receptive to it.
This is Day 26 of the series, 31 Days of Inspired Living. In this series, I’ll explore 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.