I go through weeks where I’m inspired to write and weeks where I just write regardless if I’m inspired or not. The latter is definitely the hardest and not what I prefer, but it’s reality. For a while now, I have forgotten about the things in my life that help keep me inspired and motivated when it comes to using my gifts specifically in writing. Joys and delights like:
- God’s precious, holy Word
- My journal and a pen
- People, creation, beauty
- My church, Watermark
- podcasts from pastors like Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, & Tim Keller
- Music from artists like Laura Story, Chris Tomlin, & Fernando Ortega
- Authentic community
- solitude and rest
Slowly, I’ve been rediscovering these joys more intentionally and I’m realizing that whatever inspires me should in some form or another, inspire another person to move to action. To do something different.
Inspiration should infect other people. It shouldn’t be hoarded. Contained. Or kept a secret.
If the inspiration I receive is all about me, that would be a tragedy. The people who have inspired me the most in life, gave themselves away. And what they had to give was contagious, producing a ripple effect.
I know inspiration in writing will still come and go in the seasons of life, but I want to keep at it. I want to inspire others to take action in ways I will never know about.
What inspires you?