We can all do things. We can actually do some really great things.
But why do we do some of the things we do? What’s our motivation? I ask myself this question quite often, partly because I’m hard on myself and partly due to wanting to do as few selfish things as possible. Do we do things in order to be recognized, appreciated, or noticed? Or do we do things because it just feels right, and we feel more alive when we do?
Sometimes it’s a bit of both, and that’s ok. But the latter is better.
Inspiration can be hard to find. But it doesn’t hide from us. I think we hide from it.
We hide from it because our inspiration doesn’t look like someone else’s. We hide from it because, deep down, some of us are afraid of what may actually come of our inspiration. We are afraid of the unknown of who we might be able to become.
This may not be true for you, but it is for me. I know that in the fabric of my being, in who I am, God has placed certain pressure points that when pushed ignite something inside me. I know they are there for a reason, a reason I should pay attention to, not ignore and hide from. I know that if I continue to lean in to those things, more life will come from it.
Inspire: fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative.
Insipired: (of air or another substance) that is breathed in.
If we desire it, God breathes His life, His Holy Spirit, into each one of us in a unique and personalized way. He fills us with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. It may be scary. I’m scared. But it’s not about me. This kind of inspiration is meant to move you and me to love others better, each in a unique and creative way. We can inspire others by not hiding from inspiration, and by breathing in what God is filling us with.
You can do things without acknowledging God, sure. People have done it for centuries. But the Spirit God desires to freely breathe into us is the same Spirit that hovered above the waters, when the earth was without form and darkness covered everything. The same Spirit that has enough power to raise Jesus from the dead can be inside of us, raising us to life. We have the opportunity to breathe in that inspiration. What might happen if we choose to breathe that in more?
What pressure points has God placed in your life? What makes you come alive? What ignites something inside of you?
Let’s start paying attention to those things, start breathing in inspiration, and stop hiding, stop fearing what God has put inside of us, and stop worrying about the unknown of who we could become.
It could be worth it.