Okay, I want you to take a deep breath in and then release it. No, I’m not about to lead you through a workout session. It is so involuntary that we don’t even think about the power the breath in our lungs has. We simply breathe in and out, living off of the atmosphere with which our Lord surrounded us.
One definition of the word inspire is to “breathe in; inhale.” You didn’t know how inspiring you are, did you? We think of inspiration as a Christian book, movie or devotion. We think of inspiration as a speaker with a powerful testimony. But do we become dependent on someone else to inspire us, to fill our “lungs” with a breath of fresh air?
It isn’t realistic to think of someone else breathing into us every day so that we can live. Neither is it realistic to require another to inspire us every day, just so we can function in the right way before the Lord. However, isn’t it a little bit easier to stay energetic for Him when we have been freshly inspired?
Don’t misunderstand me, being encouraged and spurred on by another is great…even biblical. But sometimes there isn’t soul around capable of giving us CPR rescue breaths. What then? There are times each day that we must do as David did. We must encourage ourselves in the Lord.
To be inspired is great, but to be inspiring is awesome. I challenge you to be that one who is capable of giving someone a breath of fresh air. Don’t just wait for inspiration to perform what you are called to do…spend your effort inspiring others to do what they are called to do. If you consistently breathe into someone else, the Lord will make sure that your lungs are filled.
Father, it is truly not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit…by Your Breath. Let these dry bones wake up and be filled with Your Breath. Lord, please help us to then breathe on all around us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Samuel 30:6