Creating a Stock of Inspiration

December 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Recently, I wrote about the importance of finishing well.  As we move into a new year, it’s a healthy thing to genuinely consider who we’ve become in the last season.  I’d like to continue this thought by suggesting there is a dual purpose to intentional celebration.

Celebration is not only about remembering yesterday, it’s about creating a stock of inspiration for tomorrow.  

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It’s funny how often we can feel uninspired.  We all have those days that seem to drag where we are just waiting for something new and brilliant to happen to us.

Personally, when I am feeling “stuck”, my tendency is start hunting for new books, new music, new scriptures, new articles, new sermons, and new insights that will propel me forward.

A huge factor in this is that we are addicted to what’s new and what’s next.  We are the product of our culture, and it’s not entirely our fault.  The proliferation of social media and new technologies have led us into a place where we are drowning in new information.  This bombardment of information has forced us to evaluate and sort information at lightning speeds.  When it comes to e-mail, we decide within a split second if the message is worth our time.  If not, we hit “delete” without investing significant mental energy.

This re-wiring of our digital habits has led us to treat our days, interactions, and conversations just like we do email.  We are constantly processing, filing, deleting, and moving on.  It’s the only way we know how to cope with it all.

The saying used to go “what’s here today is gone tomorrow.” In reality it’s, “What’s here today is gone today.”

This constant cycle of moving on to the next thing, has led us to become over fascinated with what’s new & what’s next.  It’s a struggle to be interested in what’s happening right now.  And don’t get me started on yesterday.

Unfortunately, this same dynamic has been applied to our faith and our inspiration.   We are so used to “moving on” that any new spark, whisper, or revelation from God can lose its luster by nightfall.  We aren’t interested in yesterday’s revelation. We want something new today. Because yesterday is so yesterday.

For example, what was last Sunday’s sermon about?
And tell me, what was that profound quote that you posted on Facebook three days ago?

Exactly.  You don’t remember.

The speed at which we move forward is problematic when it comes to the rhythms of kingdom living and creative insight. Spiritual growth and creative growth is not always about moving on to the next big, inspiring idea.  It’s more often about nurturing and exploring what’s already been given to us.

Today, maybe we don’t need another insight, inspired thought, or new revelation.  Maybe we need to be faithful with what we learned last year, last month, last week, or even yesterday.

It’s ok to…

  • Re-read a book.
  • Re-listen to a sermon.
  • Re-view your journal.
  • Re-plant yourself in a familiar passage of Scripture.
  • Re-member significant events this last year.
  • Re-mind yourself of how you’ve grown and changed.
  • Re-new yourself in what God has already whispered.
  • Re-visit old dreams that have been on the shelf for some time.

Nuture those seeds. Create a root system that will bear fruit in future days.

When we’re faithful with what we’ve been given, we’ll be entrusted with much, much more. (Matthew 15:23)

What experiences have you had this last year that you are in danger of forgetting?
What did you learn about God yesterday that needs to go deeper today?

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