Inspired is something that is marked as outstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration. We have all personally witnessed or experienced inspired moments that take our breath away, move us emotionally, bring tears to our eyes, or get us out of our seat to applaud the obvious divine.
For the author, blogger, communicator or song writer; inspiration is the key component that fills our stadium with fans, captivates our community, and builds a committed base of followers that keeps them coming back for more. Writing, blogging, and speaking with inspiration however does not come easy and most people have a difficulty tapping into the inspirational influences that fascinate our fans to the point where they begin to follow.
You may be asking yourself why is that important? If your fans are not becoming followers it is an indicator that you are not the leader you might think you are. Inspiration creates something that causes someone to do something. It is an influence that enlivens the spirit of a person to take action. So how do we find the inspiration to inspire others?
I’ve been preaching full time for 18 years and have been blogging now for a little over 3 years. I would never begin to say that everything I’ve said or written has been inspirational or has inspired others. In fact there have been moments when I felt as though I “missed it” altogether. I believe that is a normal occurrence that can be expected from time to time, but over the years I have been able to identify when the winds of inspiration our blowing and how to take advantage of it. Here are some questions I ask myself to write inspired on a consistent basis.
What lessons can I learn and others learn from my past? If you lived something I guarantee it will bring life to others. Writing inspired comes easy when we look back and extract life giving lessons from our life experiences. These experiences can be drawn from our personal victories or our darkest valleys we’ve had to walk through. Learning from our past is a key to tapping into into inspiration for the present. You’ve heard many times “hindsight is 20/20.” Looking back often gives us a different perspective that enables us to pluck valuable principles that will bring inspirational value to others.
What am I currently going through that would encourage others? The most inspired writing that flows from my keyboard is when I’m writing from right where I’m at. What your going through does not disqualify you! It actually empowers you to inspire others from an authoritative place. I am reminded of what 2 Corinthians 11:30 says, ”If it’s necessary to brag, I’ll brag about my weaknesses.” Inspiration is often found in my weakness. It is at this place I discover the divine. The influence of the Holy Spirit empowers me to write, say and do many times when I am over my head, overwhelmed or feeling ordinary.
Where am I going that could empower others? This is probably the toughest question to ask yourself when wanting to write inspired because it involves vision. Proverbs tells us that “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” Inspired writing clears the way for a blessed life. It clears confusion and helps others catch a vision. When you know where your going it’s easy for people to follow you to a specific destination. That is a simple goal of an inspired leader, writer, or communicator. Inspiration for the future always leads you and others to their destiny.
I’m hope these questions help you to write inspired and inspire others. If you enjoyed this post please rate by clicking one of the stars above and if you would like to be encouraged through out the week ‘LIKE’ my Facebook page in the right hand column, subscribe to my blog. I would also love to hear how you find inspiration for what you do by leaving a comment.
Be encouraged, stay empowered and live inspired!