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Daily Inspiration from Everyday Life
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Take some time to reflect on what it is that leaves you wanting to be a better person. Nurture those things and thank God for them. As you learn to appreciate the special things God has given you, you will learn to be inspired by God in your everyday life.
I was driving home from work the other day, cold, tired, and trying to figure out what I could possibly throw together for my family's dinner that night. If it were just me, I would have happily dropped my purse by the door, thrown on some sweats and sat contented with a cup of hot, steaming tea. But I knew I would soon confront three hungry, young men, so that wasn't an option.
 
As I hurried to make dinner, I looked out the window and saw the most beautiful sunset - a wintery orange and red orb, glowing as it slowly slipped beneath the fields of snow. It was beautiful. It was God's gift for me that moment, and I savored the scene. After it dropped, I turned to once again face the messy kitchen, cluttered living room, and a sink full of dishes from the morning. "Time to get back to work," I thought to myself.
 
My experience hardly sounds inspiring to the average person, but it was to me. Inspiring sounds like it should be something exceptional, maybe a great movie, a poignant song, or an energetic speaker. We come away from such experiences with all the excitement of small child; we just can't wait to tell everyone else about it. Yet a week, a month, a year later, do we even remember? Too often, the moment is fleeting, and before long we find ourselves immersed again in our everyday routines.
 
Miriam-Webster's dictionary defines "inspiring" as 1) having an animating or exalting effect; or 2) causing people to want to do or create something or to lead better lives. It is easy to experience that first, animated burst of energy. Typically our excitement does involve wanting to accomplish something better in our lives as a result. But does inspiration always have to be so dramatic and so short lived, here today, gone tomorrow?
 
As I look back on my life, I've had some times of creativity and accomplishment and other times when it was all I could do to get up in the morning. But when I consider what has kept me going, it's not the wonderful song or amazing retreat. It's simply noticing the little things God grants me every day.
 
As I look for the small things, like a sunset or a flower, and the small gestures, like a snack for my son or a smile for a stranger, it lifts up my head to see beyond myself. It makes me want to be a better person, to work for change, to be thankful for what I have and to give to others who don't.
 
Inspiration doesn't have to be limited to certain events or involve a grand vision for life. For me, it is in beauty and people. And I can find it by taking the time to simply being open to the moment, and when it comes, appreciating an everyday glimpse of God.
 
Take some time to reflect on what it is that leaves you wanting to be a better person. Nurture those things and thank God for them. As you learn to appreciate the special things God has given you, you will learn to be inspired by God in your everyday life.
 
What inspires you? What has God put in your life that gives you the energy to get up in the morning and to keep going throughout the day? Is it art and beauty? Exercise and competition? Family and friends? Music, work, the possibilities are endless.
 

Kate Bommarito has served with mission agencies for more than twenty years, developing leaders for effective ministry. She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA, and a B.A. in International Economics from Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. After serving as a missionary team leader for ten years in Budapest, Hungary, Kate, her husband and their two sons, moved to Bismarck, ND in December 2003.
 
Kate currently works as a political news reporter. She loves skiing, gardening, hanging out with her teenage sons, and, of course, writing. More than anything, Kate's desire is to build authentic relationships that help others find their joy in life!

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