April 30, 2012
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We’ve come to the letter “I” in our Alphabet of Faith series. Drum roll please!
“I” is for Inspiration.
I hope this piece of writing is inspiring to you. What do I mean by that? I want it to lift you up, to have you be moved in a positive way.
We’re attracted to that which is inspiring. We want to walk away from something and be able to say, “That was inspiring!” Yes, we like to be inspired. We also like to be inspiring.
To be inspired is to be taken out of the ordinary. Perhaps more accurately it means to have the extraordinary put inside of us, for to be inspired can mean to breathe in, just as to expire can mean to breathe out. Another way to put it is to say that to inspire means to breathe life into something.
The fact that to inspire and to breathe have the same basic meaning is why the King James version of 2 Timothy 3:16 reads, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” while the New International Version reads “All Scripture is God-breathed.” It’s the same idea. The Bible, God’s Word, is from Him, God breathed, God inspired.
When we’re open to God’s presence and influence in our lives we open ourselves up to being inspired by Him. A good prayer for inspiration would be to pray, “Lord, give me your thoughts to think, your words to say, and your actions for me to carry out. Lord, inspire me today, this is what I pray.”