Five Minute Friday: Inspire

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “inspire.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

What inspires you?  How do you inspire others?  Good things to think about every once in a while I believe.

One of my devotionals for today talked about the importance of looking to God’s Word for insight on how to live this life we have in front of us.  Another devotional  talked about the importance of modeling godly behavior for those around us who are watching us for tips on how to act and react (especially those of the younger generation).

Therefore, these two devotionals inspired my earlier questions for us to think about:

What inspires you?  

How do you inspire others?

Hopefully, we are finding some sort of inspiration for godly living both from digging into Scripture and from the lives of those around us who are seeking to do so as well.  I know that both these areas are important for me to have in my life.  I need to be learning more of God on my own and also soaking in the teachings (given intentionally or otherwise) about God from those in my sphere of influence.

And then there is the flip side.  If others inspire us then what are we doing to be their inspiration as well? Even as I write this, it sounds a bit prideful to think about but it is nonetheless true whether we want to acknowledge it or not.

For people are watching and people are wondering as they look to us for hope and encouragement on how to navigate this world we live in.  And if we are not finding inspiration ourselves from a true and reliable source, then what will we have to offer others in return.

And so I’ll throw this out again:  What inspires you and, in turn, how do you inspire others?

3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Inspire

  1. Tara

    My writer/blogger friends each inspire me! You and your words inspire me! I’m in the 7 spot this week.

  2. bluecottonmemory

    I’ve been thinking about this word all day. If I work to inspire people, then I take my focus off of loving people. However, I think if I do my best to just love those God gives me, then God takes care of the inspiring. That takes a big burden off of me and gives it to the one who can handle it 🙂

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    I tend to be inspired by the things I want to prevent…killing, cruelty, and the subjugation of one group of people by another.

    back in the day I worked the problem with methods that were nothing if not direct. Today my weapons are prayers, and the written word.

    I’ve been told that my writing’s inspirational; I am merely holding the pen. Someone Else is doing the writing.


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