August 12, 2018

Aspire to Inspire

By
Brent Hardy
Mind

        Each one of us are in the position to influence. Leaders are influencers which makes you a leader. Great leaders inspire through their daily actions. This blog is designed to equip everyone with the mindset they can inspire daily regardless of your position in life. You all are a Living Inspiration for Everyone. Everyone matters to God and God will use you in the circle you are in to influence people towards Christ.

        We all want to inspire people, but do we know what inspiration means? Inspire means “to help someone feel the urge to do something.” Regardless our lives send a message. That message can be of hope and selflessness. Or the message can be hopelessness and selfishness. People remember actions more than words. Who you are truly matters (moral character and personal integrity). Every day you have the opportunity to influence people around you. Our influence is only for a short period of time, so don’t take it for granted.

     Who is a living inspiration? They are a person who sacrifices for the greater good (John 15:13). A person who is heroic and a warrior that stands up for good. To fight for what is right (1 Timothy 6:12).  A living inspiration empowers others and brings the best out of them. How can you be a living inspiration daily? A living inspiration is an individual who lives by the four L’s to inspire daily.

1. Live by Value

        Feelings and emotions are powerful. Yet, they can be inconsistent. We can only be motivated (actions fueled by emotion) to do a specific task for so long. Inspiration (actions and intentions together) lasts longer. This comes from a firm foundation of set values and beliefs. Once our values are consistent then we can be consistent. The Word speaks about tons of values such as courage, humility, integrity, persistence, and hopefulness.  

“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”ROMANS 12:2 AMP

        This verse describes how superficial values are fleeting and are easily shakable. God wants you to be unshakeable and immoveable. Focus on godly values and moral character.

Action step: Write down what values you value then apply then become them.

2. Lead by Example

        As Christians we have the best example to follow and that is Jesus Christ. He is a Living Inspiration for Everyone. Humbling himself to be human. Taking on the punishment of sin and dying for us, so we can have eternal life. Jesus is for everyone. He cares about all of you no matter what you have done. I know it is hard to believe, but refer to our belief page to read more. We can lead by example by following His example. People observe your actions daily, so make sure to lead by example.

“Jesus called the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].” MARK 8:34 AMP

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 NLT

“Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father];” Ephesians 5:1 AMP

“Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility].” Philippians 2:5 AMP

Action Step: Read about Jesus’ example in the bible then apply His way of living to your life. Let his leadership qualities and teaching shape you.

3. Learn by Experience

        Life is challenging. We get up one day and get punched in the gut for no reason at all. Life keeps going. Life is unfair, but we can learn from life. Experience means personal encounter and enduring a particular set of events. We can learn lessons from any situation that will make us better and sharpen us.

“trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him--your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation].” EPHESIANS 5:10 AMP

Action Step: You can learn lessons from daily life. Take note of your experiences and use them to teach others. Learn, develop, and adapt to eventually overcome. Then you will help others overcome.

4. Leave a Legacy of Love

        Lastly, we all leave a message behind. Our legacy is vital to help others continue on a particular path of life. Knowingly or unknowingly that message is being sent to your family, friends, and other people around you based on your daily actions. What are your actions pointing too? Are they pointing to hope? Are they pointing to just you? Are they pointing to sacrificial love?

“Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].” 1 CORINTHIANS 13:7 AMP

“Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience].” 1 JOHN 4:7 AMP

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT

Action Step: Pay attention to what you do and what message you are sending. Ask yourself, what message are you leaving behind? If someone can describe you in one word or one sentence what would they say? Reflect and direct your life towards the legacy you want to leave behind. You can change right now because we know what real love is, Jesus.  

       God cares about everyone and we all have a purpose which is to be purposeful. This purpose comes when we chose to be purposeful in our daily lives. Over time your daily actions will inspires others to act and change their life for the better. Everyone can inspire. Do not take your influence for granted. Lives are at stake and you can help people achieve greatly in Jesus name. Remember to live by value, lead by example, learn by experience, and a leave a legacy of love.  

       We all struggle but if we see someone who is pushing forward regardless of the struggle. Then we are inspired to push forward as well. Jesus kept pushing forward regardless of what pain and suffering came His way. If anyone knows what you are going through in daily, is Jesus. Commit your actions to the Lord and He promises your plans will succeed (Prov 16:3). Take the next step and commit yourself daily to inspire.

-Continue to aspire to inspire!

 

The reason for AMP (Amplified Verse) is to show what the scripture really means and to get a better understanding. Continually read scripture in NIV or NLT, but always read verses in other versions to grow. To find more verse versions download the Youversion Bible app.  

Send us people that inspire you, so we can promote them on our social media page! We will post these individuals to inspire others. Thank you for being a living inspiration for everyone daily in the way you live. My personal goal is to help people realize their true potential within them through the power of Jesus Christ and be transformed into the person they were called to be.

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