What inspires you?
That’s a jam-packed question. I’ve been thinking about how I would answer it lately. There are so many things that come to mind as great answers.
My family. My friends. My divas. Music. Musicians. Life. The sky. Nature. Exercising. Hand written letters. Beautiful things. Acoustic guitar. Making money. A beautiful marriage. A good book. God’s Word. Memories. The world. Brasilians. The Middle East. The mountains. The fall leaves. The crisp air of a cool spring morning. People’s smiles. A genuine heart. Confidence in the midst of humility. Laughter. A nice beat to dance to. A long drive with the windows down and the music up. Sunsets. Maybe I should say that one again: Sunsets. Wedding Receptions. A rap song with a good beat. Imagination. New music. Photos. New friends. Positive thinking in the midst of adversity. A good podcast. Jam sessions. Late nights with best friends.
The list could go on and on.
All of those things are awesome, but the answer that trumps all of these things is one Name. The Name above all names. The Savior of the world. The name that I'm banking this life on. The Name that I live for. The name that moved me to the opposite side of the globe.
His name is Jesus.
He is my King. He is my salvation. He took me from the depths of my sin and set me free. He gave me the freedom to love… the freedom to love all people. He gave me the faith to believe that He is truth. He gave me the faith to believe that His Word is trustworthy. He opened my eyes to this glorious life that I have in Christ. He made a way for me to know God.
It is the Lord that inspires me. It is His graciousness. It is His comfort. It is His peace… after all, He is the Prince of Peace. He gives me rest. He grants me contentment. He is my hope. He hems me in before and behind. He lays His hand upon me. He goes before me. He prepares my way. He guides me. He leads me. He cleanses my soul. He forgives. He comforts. He teaches. He shows mercy.
He changes us.
He changes the way we think. He changes the way we act. He changes our priorities. He changes our perspective.
The Lord is trustworthy. He never changes. A life found in submission to Him is beautiful.
So, now it's your turn... What inspires you?
“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart! Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. There are evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.” Psalm 46:5-12