My Inspiration

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I guess we might not always realise just who or what has inspired us throughout our life. I began to reflect a little – to remember just a few of those things that had inspired me and how my life had been influenced by them.

During my childhood we went on a few holidays to the Lake District in Cumbria. A favourite place of my dads and a great treat for us as a family – except – I’m not so sure we really appreciated the beauty of our surroundings at the time! I do recall walking the lanes in pouring rain – but – I believe that those times birthed in me a love of the beauty of nature that has inspired me so much throughout my adult life.

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Books have also played a part in inspiring me throughout my life. Reading of the experiences of other people – who did such inspiring things – made an impact that stayed with me. One such book was God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew.

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It was many years after I had read the book that I found myself with the opportunity to go to Hong Kong and smuggle Bibles into China.

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What an experience that was! To actually see for myself just how much it meant to Christians in China to be able to read a  Bible for themselves and to own one! This only happened for me because I had been inspired years previously and then again later in life  by others who had dared to take up the challenge.

A few years later I was not expecting to be inspired at all when I went with my husband to deliver some cargo to the Anastasis Mercy Ship which was docked in Wales at the time.

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We were invited on board and were able to see the work that was done in Africa. I was inspired!! And – guess what – two years later we went to serve with that very ship in Africa.

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During our time with Mercy Ships we were also privileged to work with the Africa Mercy. Wonderful years – so full of inspiration for us – all because we ourselves were inspired!

Those are just a few of the things that come to mind – that have inspired me – but the one thing that has inspired me more that anything else is my faith. My faith inspires me to see beyond myself – to recognise that there is One who is greater – bigger – One who cares for me – as well as caring for everyone else. I am inspired by His life – by the way He lived – the things He taught – and most of all for loving me so much that He gave His life for me.

prayer-with-candleAs I have been inspired – may I inspire others

Encourage them to dream – to act – to achieve

Spur them on – inspire hope and build their faith

That’s my prayer today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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