Why are so many of us are walking around tired and defeated? God did not design us to be tired and defeated! God designed us to know him, love him, and serve him in this life and the next. He designed us to encourage each other and help each other get to heaven. In this overworked and over-stimulated world, we are losing sight of that.
I encourage you to look for inspiration. I think the Holy Spirit is constantly trying to get our attention. Constantly giving consolations and we are missing them. The kind words we hear, the flowers growing out of cracks, the people just suddenly cross our paths, the whistle of the birds, sunsets, the eyes of our children, the food on our table, our jobs, our homes, etc.
We are so blessed to be living in this time when the lives of the greatest saints can be dissected from our phones. Never has it been so easy to find the truth, yet we are also so distracted it’s hard to focus.
It’s so important to carve out time for God–to just be with him, to love him and be loved. It’s important to keep our attention alive. I’ve found journaling and studying to be a great way to find inspiration to be a better follower of Christ. The Church is 2,000 years old, so there is an endless ocean of people and events to study. The times may be different, but God is not. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When we are able to receive his love, we are also able to share it.
Some of my inspirations have been right in my own family. For example, my mother never missed Mass. She dragged three little kids to Mass every Sunday by herself. She needed that strength to keep going and she wanted to be a good example.
My Aunt Dorothy always kneels after Mass to Jesus for a few more minutes. I found it to be so beautiful when I put it into practice.
When my Uncle John said the blessing before meals, you could feel the Holy Spirit in the room.
I’ve also witnessed other people being inspired.
My friend, Joseph, had been away from confession for 20 years. Upon watching a teenage boy go to confession, he got the final push to go himself. He was amazed how easy it was to get back in God’s grace.
My friend, Anne, started praying her rosary daily after being encouraged from a friend. She watched sin break away from her and her home became peaceful again. Our Mother has directed us to pray this devotion, and has promised her protection.
There are few stories of my great grandmother that don’t reveal her strength and her faith…strength and faith that is still leading four generations later.
It is up to us to keep this great faith moving forward. It is for us to know it, to love it, and to share it.
The example we give makes a difference to other people, even if they never say anything. Unfortunately, sometimes we give pretty horrible examples, so let’s be intentional about being good examples. Let’s be intentional about letting the Holy Spirit guide our lives and about being in a state of grace. Let’s be intentional about being both inspired and an inspiration on this journey to heaven.
Do you have examples of inspiration in your life? I’d love to hear about them!