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Inspire. A definition of this word can be "to inhale." Beneath the weighty definitions of inspiration as influence through hope or producing a specific thought lies the simple definition, "to inhale." These other definitions develop from this core understanding of drawing breath in. To have inspiration on a broader scope, one must first possess life. Before one can do something with his life one day, he must do something with his life today.

The first time I heard this perspective of the word inspire was in a talk from Terry Dent, the Director of Student Success. He was talking about how God put the first breath into Adam. He brought him to life from dust. God's breath dramatically changed Adam's state from a collection of atoms to a vibrant being. 

In the same way, if one wants to achieve inspiration, he must draw his life from somewhere. On a daily basis, one is fueled by desires, impulses, and passions to accomplish various goals or achieve certain standards. Success is subjective and therefore determined by the possessor of the act performed. 

The question stands, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" Jesus asked this in Matthew 16:26. These words suggest that the soul is more valuable than even global eminence. It is possible to realize one's objectives only to be left longing for more. Ambition alone is never satisfied. Where is the motivation? There must be something that can satisfy the soul. 

As humans, we have a responsibility to participate. We need each other. There are places in Japan where people pay for a hug. Meaningful interaction with other humans is necessary for life. God said it wasn't good for man to be alone. Without an outside purpose, we live in a hollow civilization.

We are equipped to be good at something. We owe it each other to do it well. The greater purpose would be to use one's gifting to glorify God. All creation gives ascent to The Creator, even down to the structure of that word (creation implies a Creator). 

There are so many divisive elements in humanity, but we are knit together by a common thread: a common creator. If He is the One piece that brings us together, He should be the motivation for living, He should be the thing that fills our hollow civilization. 

This begins by being committed to Him at the very center of our being. A few verses before Christ asked "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?", He said, "If anyone wants to be my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." This is counter-intuitive to human pride, but essential the Christian faith. 

If we want to experience our purpose, we must begin by walking with Him. Breathing comes with living. Inspiration comes with purpose. Breathe Christ in, share Him with those around you.

- Andrew

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