Who inspires you? If you were to stop and think about someone who you admire for who they are and for what they do. Who would it be and why? I tend to be a big fan of people who have hero-like qualities. As far as fictional characters go, I like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. 

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I love how she would do anything to save her sister from facing death and in the midst of doing so finding that she has the opportunity of saving others. She stepped up to the challenge with courage and as a result was apart of seeing Panem (her homeland) saved.

Or how about “most famousest of hobbitses” Mr. Frodo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings one of my all time favorite stories. 

FrodoHe chose to risk his own life by taking the “one ring” that the evil Lord Sauron created to unleash his wicked desires upon Middle Earth. Frodo took the ring and travelled to the land of Mordor to destroy the ring so that Sauron would lose his power and no longer be able to rule Middle Earth. Because Frodo chose to do this, it caused a chain reaction in others motivating them to step up to the plate and fulfill their own destiny. They worked together with Frodo and saw evil defeated. 

Then there is Link.

Link-and-Zelda-the-legend-of-zelda-characters-19669708-634-419Link thought that he was just an ordinary guy. Until, one day when he discovered that Princess Zelda had been captured by Ganondorf. He set out on a quest to save her and in turn saved the whole land of Hyrule. 

Last, but not least of my favorite fictional characters is Luke Skywalker. 

skywalkerLuke had thought there was more to life than just working on his uncle’s farm. He was right. He went looking for his droid R2D2 and ran into an old friend Obi Wan Kenobi. Who began to teach him about the ways of “The Force.”

imagesHe then learned about Princess Leia who had been captured by Darth Vader and set out to rescue her. During his journey he met up with Chewbacca and the reluctant Han Solo who in the end realized that there was more to life then smuggling.

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They saved Princess Leia and continue to help Luke fight the dark side of the force.

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Luke continued to grow strong in the force by being a student of Master Yoda. 

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In the end with the help of many….

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Luke defeated the dark side of the force, saved His father Darth Vader and the galaxy. 

images-2Yes, these are some of my favorite fictional heroes and they inspire me when I see and read the story of how they accomplish the goal with the greatness that they didn’t know that was there inside of them all along. 

How about some real life inspirations? 

C.S. Lewis.

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One of my most favorite authors. He wrote the Chronicles Of Narnia. His inspiration came during World War 2. London was being attacked and so they would send away the children who lived there to stay in people’s homes until it was safe to return. C.S. Lewis had 4 children come and stay with him. C.S. Lewis would write little stories for them and then would read them to the children for entertainment. Thus, began the wonderful stories of Narnia. If you would like to learn more about C.S. Lewis’ life I strongly recommend watching the movie Shadowlands it will touch your heart. 

George Friedreck Handel

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One of my favorite composers. He wrote the famous Handel’s Messiah that we all hear at Christmas time. He became inspired to compose music and for 24 days he rarely ate and hardly came out of his room. During those days he wrote 260 manuscript pages of music. “42 of the verses come from the Old Testament, including many passages from the Psalms and Isaiah. Thirty-one come from the New Testament.” When he had just finished writing the “Hallelujah Chorus” his servant came into the room and Handel turned to him with tears streaming down his face and said,  “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.” Handel’s Messiah has touched people for over 200 years.

William Wilberforce

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William was deeply involved with politics and social justice. His friend William Pitt challenged him by telling him, “Wilberforce, why don’t you give notice of a motion on the subject of the Slave Trade? You have already taken great pains to collect evidence, and are therefore fully entitled to the credit which doing so will ensure you. Do not lose time, or the ground will be occupied by another.” William Wilberforce hesitated as he was trying to decide if he should be in ministry or pursue the subject of the Slave Trade he wanted to be sure that he would do what was pleasing to God.

So, Wilberforce went and sought the advice of an old friend named John Newton. John Newton had once been a Slave Trade Master. Over time came John came to know the Lord and wrote the well loved hymn “Amazing Grace.” When Wilberforce asked John what he should do John said to Wilberforce, “God has already placed you right where He needs you. God needs people in all sorts of occupations to do His work. Just think of all the government officials who will listen to you but would scoff at a preacher like me! God has a great work for you. The road will be long, but He will use you.” Wilberforce began to fight against the Slave Trade and after many long grueling years and being brought to illness because of his quest, Wilberforce saw the Slave Trade abolished.

If you have not seen the movie Amazing Grace about the life of William Wilberforce and John Newton I strongly recommend this movie it is truly inspiring.

Those are just a few of the people that inspire me. As I have thought about what it is that inspires me about these people. I discovered that it was that they were original. Each one being themselves and using the gifts that God gave them to the best of their ability. This is what I love about them. I have found at times it could be so easy to wish I was like a certain person or wish if I just had their talent I would be a better person. But, God showed me that He purposefully made each one of us different. Even to the point of showing me that no person has the same fingerprints. Each one is unique. He made me just the way He wanted me to be. 

Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God has a specific plan for you that only you can fulfill. Ask Him to show you what He has in mind for you. Be the person that He has created you to be. It will be quite the adventure!! 

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