Aspiration or Inspiration

Webster’s defines the verb “to aspire” as to have a fervent hope or ambition.  Many of us aspire to various achievements and heights of success.  We teach our children to aspire.  Aspiration, in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing.  I doubt that many significant accomplishments would have ever taken place without someone, somewhere first having aspired to accomplish some dream of hoped for ambition.  Much of today’s so-called preaching is centered around aspiration.  We are exhorted to believe God that we might achieve, prosper, and succeed.  As a pastor, I confess to the aspirations I have for the church where I currently minister.  I fervently hope to see numerical growth, to see the day when our church is actually impacting our community and our world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  To what do you aspire, my friend?  After you reflect on that for a minute, let me ask you to consider another word – inspiration.  Webster’s says that “to inspire” is to guide, affect, or arouse by divine influence.  One of the older meanings of the verb is said to be “to breathe life into”.  Think for a minute or two about things that have come about as a result of inspiration.  I remember reading that Francis Scott Key felt inspired to write what we Americans now know as the Star Spangled Banner upon seeing that the stars and stripes had not been hauled down from the ramparts at Fort McHenry on that fateful day in 1814.  Multiple authors over centuries of time sensed the “breathing in” from God and penned what we now recognize as the Holy Bible.  These are but a sampling of the truly momentus and lasting things that result from inspiration.  Perhaps more than teaching our children to have great aspiration, we should encourage them to seek the inspiration of God for their lives.  “…be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18b).  As America navigates the troubled waters of these present times, aspiration may not be as valuable an asset as the inspiration of God!


~ by brotherfaron on September 23, 2009.

3 Responses to “Aspiration or Inspiration”

  1. As I now truly seek salvation, I have found that I have shown my chidren aspiration and not the inspiration of God that they needed more. It seems that now I will have to inspire them, asking that their hearts be opened and they hear more clearly the call of God.

    • As your children see your faith in and faithfulness to God, the Holy Spirit will breathe into them the life of Christ! Commit them to Him and trust Him to draw them to Himself. Thanks for the comment and God be with you!

  2. I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

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