Friday, February 1, 2013

The Beginning of Inspiration

What inspires you?

Take a moment out to list them in your head, write them down, say them aloud, whatever method works best for you. Just be honest with yourself.

John 10:10 tells us that "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly," (ESV). While I have heard this verse plenty of times in a variety of contexts before, day to day life tends to overrule the meaning of this verse.

Frequently I find myself forgetting the third part - the fullness of life I am to enjoy because of Jesus' life. Life is not meant to be just what is necessary, its mean to thrive. Even as my senior year of college is in full swing, the prime of my life, I still sometimes ask: am I doing this to just get by or am I living out life abundantly?

The question I began this post with I posed to myself, and it sparked the idea within me to write. Writing is my outlet to processing the world. I can start with a clean page or an empty word document and an endless stream of possibilities lay before me. Imagination brings forth ideas, ideas find life in words, and words allow us to interact with ourselves, others, and our Creator.

Of course, this leads me to the purpose of this project. Its to inspire, challenge, and reach out to young women as we use our lives for the glory of God. While following Jesus' teachings and instructions is frequently perceived as restrictive or plain, I urge you to look for evidence of Him in the things that inspire you.

My prayer is that you will begin to see that a life given over to Christ is not boring or typical, in fact, the journey is often downright unpredictable.

Grace and Peace,
Lesley

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