Inspiration: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.
synonyms: spur, motivation, stimulation, encouragement
Many things and people inspire me in many different ways.
Church and worship...now we don't usually like to use the word inspiration connected to church, do we? I think that's probably because society has kind of taken over the word and it's true meaning has been lost in caricatures of Hallmark cards and some kind of hippie starving artist. But, in the Greek inspiration is literally God breathed...it's what we read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17...all Scripture is breathed out by God...why? So that we may be equipped for every good work. Church and worship should inspire us...encourage and motivate us to good works. A sweet friend inspired me yesterday. I opened her email to find a simple little verse that encouraged me to pursue obedience.
The way my husband loves me inspires me to be a better helpmeet to him. (Haha...I use Microsoft Word program to look up words and next to helpmeet it says (archaic)...that amused me for some reason.)
My children, and the knowledge that they are eternal beings, motivates me in my parenting.
My friends and I spur one another on, I hope.
Things I read...books, blogs, articles...they inspire me. Photographs inspire me to capture more memories with my camera...looking at some of the food photography out there really stimulates a desire in me to be a better cook. Music, crafting, decorating, organizing, sewing, recipes, couponing, volunteering...the list goes on and on.
We should live a life that is inspired...because we are what He created. And He created us with a purpose.
Live a true, inspired life today.