Who or What Inspires You?

in·spire inˈspī(ə)r/   verb
1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Who doesn't like to be inspired?  It is one thing to have a dream.  It is another to believe that you can achieve that vision.  But how? 

Many organizational/motivational gurus will advise you to find someone who is doing what you want to do - then model yourselves after them.  There is some wisdom to that theory, but it isn't the best idea to take it literally.  

I've seen people who modeled themselves after their favorite millionaire or rock star.  They walked like them.  They talked like them.  They even dressed like them.  Now, most people would stop me here and say, "What's the problem if it gets them what they want?"  Nothing - except.  God created them to be unique.  

Matthew 10:30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

The point of this verse isn't that God knows how many hairs you have on the top of your head (or how many have fallen out).  It's essential for you to know that God cares enough about you to see every detail.  You are unique to Him because He created you!  He created you to be inspired.  

You can model yourself after Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Oprah, Michael Jordan, Pink, or Harrison Ford.  But think about this.  There is only one of them.  There will just be one of them.  While they can inspire you, you cannot walk a mile in their shoes.  

Matthew 16:24-25  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Jesus never asks us to conform to religions idea of what a follower is.  He asks us to be transformed into what He thinks we should be.  But for that to happen, we have to give up what we want.  Sure, life may be good enough, but you have to give up good to have better.  Jesus will inspire you to a better life. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to follow You where You want to lead me today.  AMEN