Today I sat down to lunch with a guy who always energizes my spirit. Whenever I need a pick me up, I give this guy a shout and say, “Hey, it’s time to meet up.” Here’s the funny thing, he doesn’t lift my spirit because he tells me how good I am, or how great a job he thinks I’m doing. He motivates me because I ask him about the things he has going on and his responses inspire me. In fact, I often walk away from our conversations ready to do more in my community and more for my family. I may have walked into lunch spiritually drained, but I’m walking away full.
I think this is how the disciples felt around Jesus. He was constantly inspiring them to see the good they could do, and I’m sure they often aspired to more because of it. Yes they failed constantly, but just being around Jesus gave them a sense of new spiritual power that they could tap in to. Those three years that the disciples had Jesus were formative years of growing, maturing and preparation that set the groundwork for a life of mission after Jesus ascended into heaven.
As I was driving back to work I asked myself, “Why don’t I surround myself with people like that more often?” God knows we let enough people come into our lives who drain us. Jesus had people around him who tried to drain him with negativity as well. He referred to them as a “brood of vipers.” He called them that because there is a saying that is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago, and that is, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
With all that in mind, I have decided to make a purposeful decision to seek out people who inspire me to do more for Jesus. I say “purposeful” because I believe we need to be intentional about finding people who push us and motivate us. People who show us how simple it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They shine light upon a need that has been sitting under our noses, and their passion motivates us to jump and shout, “I can help!”
You know what? Something else just occurred to me. Maybe we could all make it a point to encourage others and actually BE the one who is inspiring others. Then nobody would be a drain. Now THAT would be inspiring.