This is for YOU: live valiantly, inspire others and know triumph. YOU make a difference. YOU have something powerful to contribute. God forms your character for action, purpose and triumph. People inspire me with their passion for life; by giving of themselves; and their willingness to take on life fiercely. Things won’t always go well in your family, business or any other facet of life. But your resolve, your character, will help you take on those challenges.
I admit I “watch” TV in a very selective way. I record most programs I’m interested in and fast forward through the commercials or parts that I’m not particularly interested in. My daughter had recorded the iHeartradio Music Awards. You guessed it. I skipped over the performers I didn’t particularly care about and stopped to listen to the ones I like.
And yes…I stopped for Justin Timberlake. I loved the Boy Band era and it has been fun to watch Justin expand his talent. His comedy sketches make me howl and my body naturally moves to many of his songs including, “Mirrors”, “Cry Me a River” and “Not a Bad Thing.” I was pleasantly surprised to see he was being given the Innovator Award.
He accepted the award with humility and honor. And then…he used his platform to give back to others. He inspired others to rise above their circumstances and to make a difference in the world. I was mesmerized when he said he had learned an excerpt from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt when he as young and it helped keep him focused on how he wanted to live life and contribute to the world:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Justin ended his acceptance speech – inspirational challenge – by honoring his wife and sharing that innovation is not without creation and so he was coming home to change the poopy diaper of their new son. A reminder that no matter how “big” we may become, the treasures of life are many times small – and sometimes dirty!
God calls us to live life to the full; to give to others; to be bold in a positive way; to use our strengths, gifts and talents; to love extravagantly; and to take on the adventure of life – trials and triumphs!
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’ God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.” Romans 8:15 MSG
“Love from the center of who you are.” Romans 12:9 MSG
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:12-17 (MSG)
Identify one way you take on life with strength and one way you inspire others – give them hope, encouragement or joy. Please share in the comments section.