This morning, as I sipped my standard cup of non-gourmet coffee and spent my allotted fifteen minutes scrolling down the facebook newsfeed, I stumbled across a post that inspired me.
A shy fourteen year-old from Darby, England, Shiane Hawke (pronounced Cheyenne) walked onto the “X-Factor” stage without the stereotypical superstar look—whatever that looks like. (Note: if you are famous or popular or rich simply because you look a certain way, it doesn’t say much for you or fame or the popular intelligence and soul.)
Shiane is just Shiane—she’s bright and winsome, but she was on the newsfeed this morning because the girl can sing! She stood alone before a live audience of thousands and a television audience of millions and blew their socks off with a spot-on (only British I know) rendition of “Mercy.”
Bottom line, I was inspired.
I watched the clip not once, not twice, but three times! I was stirred, motivated, moved—again, inspired. It wasn’t a “spiritual” post, but somehow it was. It made me want to get better at what I do… to be a better person… to try, try again… to take chances… to forget about my limitations and fears-due-to-perceived-limitations—and just go for it.
What inspires you? What makes you want to do better and be better? What puts the life-breath back into your life?
A particular artist?… a writer of great songs or fiction?… a motivational speaker?… a visual artist?… a coach or teacher? …going to a certain place? …being around a certain group of people?
Maybe you are inspired by someone who has struggled against all odds and found their way to great success. Those stories are my favorite.
Be inspired, friends. There is inspiration at every turn. God, inviting you to come-out, come-out from wherever you are. There’s life and hope and love and joy–as the saying goes, “There’s gold in them thar hills!”
Assignment: Look in the obituaries this morning. If your name is not listed, assume this is your day.
Go for it.
And now for the clip…
Peace and Passion