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Dare to Inspire

August 23, 2013

Living a life that inspires is living a life that changes lives; maybe even the world. Let me explain. Let’s start with this question. How many people did you inspire today; one, five or maybe a classroom full or even a church full. Many people by nature of their chosen professions are more apt to inspire others; pastors and teachers fall into this group; but what about the rest of us everyday folk? Most of us are just trying to get through the day, clean our house, not kill the kids and meet the requirements of our jobs. Is that really life?
I was recently looking at writing seminars, looking for something to inspire me. In the midst of my search the light was turned on. To borrow a phrase; it was a major “aha moment.” It is a thrill when the Lord deposits a revelation into your mind and it explodes in your heart, then you know, that you know that you have heard from God. Well dear friend, He told me something about you; yes, you. Did He use words? No, He flooded me with understanding and inspiration. He has an assignment for us. Are you ready for it? Instead of seeking inspiration, He is calling us to BE the inspiration.
So who are you supposed to inspire? That is actually a deeper question than you may realize. Let’s start with the fact that right now you may be feeling a little ill equipped. You may be asking, “Who am I to inspire anyone?” Your thoughts may be along these lines; I have nothing to offer, I am not important enough, who am I to inspire anyone? As soon as these questions begin to flood your mind, Satan is standing by ready and alert with his own list of reasons why YOU have nothing to offer. He is ready and more than willing to discourage you anytime you even peek your head over the edge of the hole that he stuck you in. You know the hole that he dug for you with thoughts like; “I am not righteous enough yet,” and “I am not as good as ______,” or maybe even “You are not ready yet, you still have so much to work on in your own life. What do you have to offer?” Then there is the biggest lie of all; “People don’t want what you have to offer, look at all the issues and failures in your own life. Get yourself straight before you try to help someone else.”
You are not smart enough, you are not pretty enough, you are not thin enough, you are not holy enough. ENOUGH! Lies, lies, lies, all of them! I like the following quote; “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you NOT to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” If you have been waiting for permission to let your light shine; I give you permission now. If you were waiting for someone to tell you that you have arrived at that perfect moment for you to begin walking in your calling; I’m telling you now. As they say, there’s no time like the present.
The world, our schools, the church even our homes are filled with hurting people. People like you and me who have gifts and talents to share. People who are lost and fearful who just need someone to inspire them. Your arena and calling may be large. Your sphere of influence may be just your family and friends, but DO NOT think that the sphere of your home is of any less importance than a tremendous public platform. Our children, our husbands and our friends all need someone to lift, encourage and inspire them.
A dear friend of mine, Margie Lea created, “Dare to Inspire.” This ministry was developed out of her own past pain and sorrow. She did not let the circumstances of her life disqualify her from the fight, instead when others may have retreated inward, she reached outward. The “Dare to Inspire” ministry has encouraged thousands to reject the scourge of bullying that ravishes our schools and challenges students to dare to inspire others instead. The “Dare to Inspire” bumper sticker on the back of my car has reminded me more than once that I have a purpose. You also have the same purpose.
So today I am here to inspire you to inspire someone else. You have gifts and talents given to you to be shared. If you are doubting this, make sure you read my next blog. Until then, GO and Dare to Inspire; the life you change may just be your own!

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  1. Debbie Richardson permalink
    August 23, 2013 4:45 pm

    Very “inspiring”! Thankful for your blog! You have wise words to say. We just returned from Israel on a wonderful trip, and I was reminded to be more committed to loving and serving those I meet daily. It was tremendous just to live life together with a group of 38 people who want to serve God with all their hearts. God bless!

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