Not really knowing what to blog about this morning, I decided to check out what was Freshly Pressed on WordPress to see if I could winkle out some inspiration. There was the usual stuff… blogs on decorating, exercise, techno-geeks, parenting, travel, food…none of it very inspiring (quinoa and beet pancakes?? really??). I did enjoy Janna T’s post from yesterday, as she recounted a terribly embarrassing moment and its role in her development as a writer. After all, a little bit of angst goes a long way in bringing out our inner author. But still… uninspiration abounds.
And then I realized that uninspiration (I know it’s not really a word, but I like it) is actually a good thing. Jesus used the mundane things… the truly uninspiring scraps of life… to teach valuable lessons to His disciples. The more I thought about it, the more I realized He used some of the same things that are currently “hot” (or lukewarm) today.
Jesus on decorating: “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Mat 5:15-16 NKJV
Jesus on exercise: “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” – Mat 5:41 NKJV
Jesus on techno-geeks: “Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?” – Mat 23:23 The Message
Jesus on parenting: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”. – Mat 10:37 NKJV
Jesus on travel: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mar 16:15 NKJV
Jesus on food: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” – Mat 6:25 NKJV
The Jews looked for a King and found a Carpenter.
Life is life…we have to learn to find our inspiration in every fold of it.