Inspiration Perspiration

By imjohnnykelley, February 29, 2012

I was listening to an interview with an arena football player Ahmad Carroll. They were talking about Tim Tebow. That guy is the most polarizing sports figure I have ever seen. Personally, I love what the guy stands for…..but I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I can’t really like his football skills. Haha.
Anyways, the interviewer asked about Tebow’s ability to inspire his team. The response that Carroll had was totally unexpected. He said “At this level of football, you have to inspire yourself”. I love that. But for some reason, in our culture we have come to expect our inspiration to come from other places. It has led to a culture of people that don’t know how to produce something original. We have so few musicians that producing something that doesn’t sound like something else. When was the last time you watched a movie that was something new and groundbreaking? I mean, the top Oscar winner this year, The Artist, is a silent movie…..a technology that we deemed irrelevant 70 years ago (I kid, I kid).
So I dare you today to stop basing your inspiration on your friends, co-workers, pastor, worship leader, sports star, or actor. Why don’t you find your inspiration in yourself. Look in yourself and find the incredible things that God has given to only you. Realize that you can change the world in a way that no one else in the entire world can, because God made you unique.
We’re the clay and you’re our potter: All of us are what you made us. Isaiah 64:8
Have you ever seen a hand made piece of pottery that looks just like another? No, they are all different and useful in their own way. So when you feel something that you are supposed to do….do it. When you have an idea to change the world, go for it. Stop waiting for inspiration from somewhere else and start inspiring yourself….that is exactly what God created you to do. Go into all the world…..change the world. True inspiration will always result in your perspiration.
peace – love – recycle

One Comment

  1. Frank says:

    Common wisdom is that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. That formula demands a lot of unrewarding drudgery.

    Could the key to greatness be the ability to keep doing it without inspiration? The machine work ethic that negates all self? And if so, what is God’s role in that?

What do you think?

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