Where Do You Find Inspiration?

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries

Was it in a box, neatly wrapped under your Christmas tree? Did you receive it on your last birthday or anniversary? Was it in the last great book you read?
My husband Cary's office has an exercise they have done on several occasions where the front entry of the office is a display containing objects or images of something that inspires a particular member of the staff. One would expect that the employees would have many options from which to choose in that they are an architectural design firm which relies heavily on inspiration to go about their daily tasks.

But when you really think about it, there isn't a one of us that should be without inspiration each day. The definition of inspire is: "to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration; to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on."

It's probably no surprise that I have hundreds of occurrences of inspiration each day school is in session. And for me, that means six days a week because I get to count the children that are here on Sunday. Talk about "animating, enlivening, or exalting!" I need only to sit here in my office over Christmas break with quiet, empty classrooms and hallways to experience the opposite of "inspirational." While I am grateful for a little peace and quiet, I do miss the children and the amazing teachers who grace this building and inspire us all to be better!

The memories of a most inspirational event still waft through the building as I recall the Children's Pageant on Christmas Eve. There was a new set inspired by Sarah Crawford and executed beautifully by Jill Klusendorf (complete with silver star balloons at the end for those who missed it!) There was the newly formed Youth Choir under the direction of Mr. Bill Gordon that was enchanting, or some might even say "guided by divine inspiration," as the definition states.

Silent Night with the counter melody of Night of Silence sung by the Youth Choir was magical. I am so grateful for the students that Bill Gordon has inspired over these past few months. Consider where we were last spring with no Youth Choir in sight, and one little girl who heard Lindsey Olsen sing a solo on Mother's Day went up to her afterwards and said, "you are my inspiration." Now Caroline, this same girl, is singing and inspiring the even littler ones to someday be in the choir.

Wherever you find your inspiration each day- in the beauty of nature, the face and voice of a loved one, or the laughter of a child - may it influence, move, and guide you to be grateful for the birth of the Christ Child: the Inspiration of all that is and will be.