Inspiration isn’t just for the spiritual. Plenty of people find inspiration in a variety of places. Some very strange and some not so great.
I’ve heard artists say they couldn’t paint unless they were inspired. Writer friends of mine listen to music to prompt their writing.
Artists can find inspiration in a sunset, child’s face, rough day of work, overheard conversation, or someone else’s art. Pretty much anything can incite within us a desire to create.
It’s amazing. One minute you’re minding your own business, and the next an idea hits you and bam! Inspiration.
Some people keep little notebooks to write out their ideas, so they don’t forget them. Others jump on the inspiration wagon and ride it out, not stopping to evaluate or adjust.
There are three important things to note about inspiration.
First, what we do with it. If you’re like me, you write stuff down with great intentions. And that’s about it. I’ve got so many ideas, I’ll never write all the articles, books, and stories to cover them. Inspiration is great and magical, but it’s nothing if you never do something with it.
Inspiration must be acted upon for it to have meaning.
Next is evaluation. I have lots of ideas, but they’re not all great. Sometimes I get an idea stuck in my head. Something I think is inspired, but then weeks go by. Lots of trying and failing to make it work. And eventually, I realize my “inspired” idea was actually a stepping stone to some other place I needed to be.
We should test our inspiration and ideas, even if they come on the wings of a phenomenal sunset where harps played and babies smiled and wise men said smart things. Everything should be examined.
And finally, we should seek to honor God with the works of our hands and hearts. God is the great inspirer of mankind. He guides us and whispers in our ears and leads us to think great thoughts and create amazing things. It’s His hand that makes things exceptional. Even if the artist doesn’t profess to know God, God’s touch can be still there.
God is the master creator. Anything good or beautiful comes from Him. We should not be mistaken and take the credit for what He has done. Every bit of inspiration that comes our way should be reviewed in the light of God Almighty. Is it good? Is it honorable? Is it beautiful? Honest? True?
It is an amazing thing when God inspires us. It is also an important load to bear in ensuring we do not pervert the inspiration with our own desires. That’s why we need to look at all our “inspiration” in light of the Bible, in prayer, and with our fellow believers.
May God use the works of our hands for His glory.
Read over these verses and life up your inspiration to God.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
Psalms 34:4 – 34:5
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”
“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
Psalms 107:19 – 107:20
“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
“When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.”
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”