Inspiration is the arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity. Theologically speaking, inspiration is defined as a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings’ (WordNet). Either way, inspiration is an impression upon the human mind that brings about unusual accomplishments.
Inspiration precedes every creative activity.
Attributes of inspiration
- Every product of inspiration endures
- A product of inspiration is undeniable
- Inspiration produces awesome experiences
Examples of inspired works
- The Universe
- The Bible
Sources of inspiration
The Spirit of God
The Spirit of God is a creative spirit. The written account of creation of the universe reads, “In the beginning… the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said…”1 It took the presence of the Spirit of God for God to begin to speak the physical world into existence.
When the Virgin Mary was told that she would conceive and bear a son, she asked the angel that brought the news how possible it is for a virgin to bear a child. The angel responded, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…”2
Just before Jesus departed from the world, he promised his disciples that they shall be empowered to do the work He commissioned them to do (an impossible task humanly speaking) when the Spirit of God shall come upon them.3
The Spirit of God is the ultimate source of inspiration because of His power to create something out of nothing.
The written word is another source of inspiration. The word of God ranks highest among all written words that have the capacity to inspire human mind. The word of God is in itself an inspired work because we read that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…”4 Being an inspired work, the word of God in turns inspires those that study and meditate on it.
The above explains why Joshua was admonished to meditate on the word of God day and night, and to observe to do what the word says in order for him to prosper and have good success.5 In essence, effective meditation on the written word culminates in inspiration that brings about unusual accomplishment (prosperity and good success).
Reading and meditating on books written by human beings can also be a source of inspiration. Though the results may not be as remarkable as the one originating from the word of God, they can be remarkable, nonetheless. Example of inspired works mentioned above bears this out.
When people say ‘readers are leaders’, they implicitly refer to the inherent ability of the human mind to be inspired by the written word. When you read inspirational materials regularly, the odds are in your favour that you will become creative.
Just as the written words can inspire, so also can spoken word inspire. The greatest source of spoken word of inspiration is also the Spirit of God. The word of the Spirit of God inspires the hearer because he is the Spirit of Truth. You cannot help being inspired when someone who is an embodiment of truth says something positive to you.
That the spoken word inspires underscores the creative power of positive affirmations. This is particularly effective when what you affirm is what the Spirit of God says to you. This explains creative healings that take place when an authentic man of God says what he hears the Spirit of God say to him to sick people.
Joshua was under the influence of the spoken words when he commanded the sun and the moon to stand still so that he could rout the Amorites. Interestingly, the sun and the moon obeyed him!6 He obviously heard the Spirit of God tell him to command the sun and the moon.
This may sound superfluous because the other sources of inspiration, especially the written word, work through the human mind. It’s however worth reiterating that an enlightened mind is a source of inspiration. My idea of an enlightened mind is that which regularly collects and distills experiences (both personal and third party’s). Such a mind will eventually be inspired to create something unusual.
The admonition Joshua received to meditate on the word of God is to the extent that he will have his mind enlightened. It is the same enlightenment of the mind that apostle Paul required of the Romans when he charged them not to conform to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of their mind.7
Your inspiration can be activated by any of the following:
One of the things that can bring about a great transformation in your life is your decision. Usually you cannot take action until you decide. Your decision starts with, “I will…” The prodigal son said, “I will go to my father…” With that decision, he altered the course of his destiny.
This is the day you say to yourself, “I’ve had it… I don’t want to live like this anymore.” The story of the prodigal son also corroborates the positive impact disgust can have on a person’s life. His disgust with having to eat with swine preceded his decision to go to his father. Almost always, we don’t change our life until we are tired with the way things have been.
Fear is a negative emotion that can have a positive impact if we allow our fears to drive us to the real sources of inspiration. Jehoshaphat was afraid when he heard that the neighbouring kings were coming to attack his kingdom. However, his fear made him seek God’s face. In the process he received inspiration to gather people to sing praises to God as a strategy for taking on the opposing armies!
As I write this article, I recall that the Spirit of God said to me a few years back, “I will inspire your heart to do endurable things.” That I write articles (this is the seventieth) people get to read in different parts of the world is a testament to the truth that the Spirit of God did speak to me.
You may not create a product in the league of an airplane, electricity, internet or the telephone. However, if you open yourself to the above-mentioned sources of inspiration, I can assure you that your achievements will endure, be undeniable and create awesome experiences.
- Holy Bible: Genesis 1: 1-3
- Holy Bible: Luke 1: 34-35
- Holy Bible: Acts 1:8
- Holy Bible: 2 Timothy 3:16
- Holy Bible: Joshua 1:8
- Holy Bible: Joshua 10:12-13
- Holy Bible: Romans 12:2
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