Category Archives: Inspiration

Stepping into Faith

Cliff jumping isn’t for wimps. It takes a lot of guts to step off the edge of a cliff and plummet into the crystal blue water below. Regardless if it’s bravery or insanity, without a wholehearted commitment to jump, you’re history.

Whether you are like me and won’t ever yell “Geronimo” while plunging for of a cliff, because I don’t swim, or whether you might be crazy enough to do it, there’s a lesson to be learned here. As we walk with Christ, we all have a chance to do some “spiritual cliff jumping”. To get to that point of God I trust you no matter what.

Everyday we’re faced with opportunities to trust God completely. Sometimes it’s as extreme as losing a job or finding out some life changing news. Maybe it’s a chance to share Christ or getting involved in a new ministry. It could be just the frustration of waiting. Circumstances are out of our control and the unknown can be a very frightening place.

Have you be stepping to edge looking over reluctant to just jump? When you trust and obey you won’t be aimlessly falling into the blue water, instead you find yourself trusting completely in the hand of God. So go ahead and take that next step. The territory may be unknown to you, but the Father knows exactly where you are going to land.

“I cried out, “I’m slipping” and your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Ps. 94:18-19

When I think about the heroes of the faith, they all have at least one thing in common. They were all willing to trust God no matter what with their lives and step out. Their confidence in God far outweighs any risk.

Abraham

God called him to pack up and move and Abraham obeyed even though he didn’t know where he was going.   Gen. 12:1-4 & Hebrews 11:8-10

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Facing being burned to death for the sake of Go’s name.   Daniel 3

Joseph

Took Mary as his wife even though many people thought it was scandalous.   Matthew 1:20-21

You?

Your willingness to trust God no matter what the circumstance, will have a lasting impact on the lives around you. You could be another hero to add to the ever growing list of those who have trusted God for that next step.

Maybe I do need to follow through on getting those swimming lessons.


Recognizing Inspiration

Throughout history inspiration has come from some of the most surprising places. You may not be aware that some of life’s most familiar items originated out of unexpected places.

Like 11 year old Frank Epperson, who in 1905 made a discovery that changed his life. He mixed up a popular soda drink and accidentally left it on the windowsill with the stir stick still in it. Overnight the temperature fell below freezing and when Frank woke up, and found his frozen soda drink stuck to the stick it sparked an idea in him. Eighteen years later, he began to make and market his frozen ice pops, calling them “Eppsicles.” Today we know them as Popsicles.™

Or George de Mestral, who after returning from a walk in 1948 discovered cockleburs covering his clothes. After some curiosity, he began examining them under a microscope and found that the tiny hook-like stands were holding themselves onto the fabric. It wasn’t long before George recognized its potential and Velcro™ was born. And you thought it was discovered in Area 51.

What about Josephine Dickson, an accident-prone wife whose husband worked for a well-known company that made adhesive tapes and gauze. After seeing Josephine suffer with many cuts and scrapes, he husband put together a small bandage with gauze and tape that would be quick and easy for Josephine to apply to the injury without it sticking to it. It didn’t take long for his company to see the usefulness of such a handy item and Band-Aids™ were born.

And finally, Bette Nesmith Graham, a single mother who went to work as a typist in 1951. Though she worked hard to support herself and her son, she soon found out that her typing skills were somewhat less than perfect. In order to cover her mistakes she concocted a mixture with white tempura paint. Soon all the ladies in the office were using this new white liquid to hide their typing errors. Seventeen years late, she sold her Liquid Paper™ idea for a very sizable amount. I will say the bottle I have in my desk is now dried up in this world of spell check.

If these ordinary people weren’t careful, they might have missed a life-changing discovery. They could have completely overlooked an opportunity to succeed and change the world. God is very intentional in every area of His plan for your life. Whether you are in the fast-paced business world or a always on the go stay at home mom, God is constantly at work in your life, do you recognize it? Are you taking advantage of the opportunities for inspiration. You never know you might be in a office behind a computer or waiting in a car pick up line when God gives you inspiration that could change everything.


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