After New Year’s Resolutions have been broken, forgotten or wasted by misguided steps in 2015, one of two emotions consume individuals. Desperation is brought on by agony, despair and worry. Meanwhile, inspiration is conceived when souls are awakened and spurred on by a glimpse of what could be in the near future. Somewhere in between the conscience is stimulated by a combination of desperation and inspiration.
Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain, Philippians 2:16.
As I reread the gospel in May, I get the feeling that the sick, sinners and those who had lost their way in the first century were fueled by desperation. Since doctors couldn’t cure, help or figure out what was wrong, ill people will willing to try anything regardless how far they had to travel. Caught in the grips of addiction, desolation led the needy to explore the stories of miracles performed by a carpenter from Nazareth. Finally, prodigals who had neglected their families for years returned seeking reconciliation and a fresh start on life.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, Romans 15:13.
A week ago I was comfortably numb, going through the motions of a mediocre life. I’m not sure if it was desperation, inspiration or a combination of the two, yet I snapped out of the malaise which keep me depressed for most of 2015. Subsequently, a sense of motivation returned, providing just the spark I needed to complete my second movie script in a nick of time. Now back on track, I am leaning on the Holy Spirit to keep the fire burning as I press on to that which God has called me to do. As for now, but let a rough day, week or month drag you down. Rather, look to the Son for inspiration.
by Jay Mankus