So what are you living for? It’s a question I ask myself often. According to Genesis 2:7 there is no life that is “uninspired”. Unless God breathes into us and inspires us, we are reduced to living a savage life simply for ourselves. When God does breathe into us it is then that we are filled with the wonderful possibility of living or even dying for something greater than ourselves. Jesus Himself talked of such inspiration. Jesus was even inspiring on the cross! He looked at one of the robbers not for what he was but what he could be. Within moments and breaths of each other Jesus invited the man to paradise and prayed a prayer of forgiveness for others. Incredibly the very last breath of Jesus was inspiring because with that breath he gave himself and died for what we could possibly become.
In my favorite movie of all time, Dead Poets Society, William Keating walks his class to a hallway of trophies and pictures. While teaching his students, he encourages and challenges them with the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” or “seize the day”. He instructs the boys to look at picture that are black and white, faded and torn.
Is this not how our inspiration sometimes is: dull and waning, monochrome and lifeless? Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10) There is a stark difference between black and white still photos and Technicolor of motion pictures. That’s the same kind of difference between a person living under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and a person who is consumed with pleasing oneself.
Inspiration always comes from God; it is the life breath for the soul. Inspiration is always given to be given away. Try to hold your breath. How long can you hold it? Thirty seconds? One minute? Maybe even five minutes? Sooner or later you have to exhale; it is the only way to live. In the same way, God inspires us so that we may be an inspiration to others. The only way it works is for us to be willing to breathe out what’s been breathed in. Jesus said, “ He who finds his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for My sake will find it”. (Matthew 10:39) Basically breathe in. Breathe out. Carpe Diem.
So over the next few days take some black and white pictures or watch an old black and white film to help remind you that God wants you to live in color. Maybe you could get a coloring book and some crayons and just have a good time reflecting on how God inspires you with your choice of colors. Don’t be afraid to be nontraditional and unconventional in you color selection and choices. Live beyond the lines of “reality”.
Finally for those of you that are a little more daring, pray that God would lead you to someone who needs some inspiration and breathe life into them with a prayer, meal, gift or whatever you feel led. Ask God to help them to believe that everything is not as it seems.
Carpe Diem! Aspire to Inspire.