Wednesday RDP – INSPIRE
Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare‘breathe or blow into,’ from in- ‘into’ + spirare ‘breathe.’ The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense ‘impart a truth or idea to someone.’
To breathe into. In Biblical terms, when we say scripture was inspired by God, we mean it was literally God-breathed, the living Word of God. For me, that means my Bible is the ultimate authority on all matters of faith, behavior, belief, human relationships. It’s my ultimate counseling textbook. It inspires me every day to live by its precepts, and make each day count for God.
I understand, however, that what I find is inspiring may not be so for everyone else. So, what inspires you? The beauty of nature? The immensity of an ocean? the amazing height of a towering mountain? Or maybe it’s architecture. Wonderful, solid old buildings that manage to maintain their grandeur even as they decay? Or modern architecture, where buildings of glass seem to defy all the laws of nature.
Maybe you’re inspired by a simple cup of good coffee. Or the fragrant aroma of correctly brewed tea. Either one goes well with chocolate, which I find very inspiring 🙂
Or maybe it’s good, hard physical exercise that inspires you and keeps your heart pumping even after you’re done with your run.
Maybe you’re inspired to come up with a glorious gastronomic feast as you browse through a grocery store. Or perhaps you love flowers, have a green thumb, and you’re inspired to create a beautiful arrangement, enjoying the color, texture, shape and aroma of each bloom.
Is it music? Is there music running in the back of your mind all day long? Do you play an instrument that gives you limitless pleasure as you immerse yourself in your favorite music?
Art? So many kinds of art. I’m not an artist in the classical sense–can’t draw a straight line 🙂 But I love textiles, and I knit. Or crochet, or do embroidery. I enjoy quilting, though I haven’t had much time for it lately. I used to sew almost all my clothes, and my daughter’s too, but it’s not the money-saver it used to be. Now, I’ve transferred that love of sewing over to a love of finding a fabulous bargain on the sale racks.
Well, maybe I haven’t found what particularly inspires you. Maybe it’s nothing more than a 15-minute power nap. I hope there’s something, whatever it is, that inspires you to activity or to contemplation. We need both in our lives, because balance is important, too.