The lyrics grabbed me.
What if our greatest disappointments and the aching of this life are a revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy?
Tears stung my eyes, because I know the thirst and longing, but also from the sheer beauty of the line describing it so perfectly. It seemed inspired, beautiful, and everything in me longed to pen something comparable. I want to create something recognized as having God's touch. I want to be a writer of beauty. I want to move the way I was moved. I want to draw tears and make a person pause in their day to think about what's been said.
I asked God, no, I begged Him, to use me that way, to give others a glimpse of Him with simple elegance and clarity.
But Tami, He said, don't you see? Anything, anything, given with a sincere heart, expecting nothing in return, is inspiring and beautiful. It doesn't matter who sees it.
Inspired and beautiful comes in many forms. It's the mother comforting her sick child through the night, a friend leaving an encouraging note, college students donating money for a missions trip. It's a hug with no words, a warm meal on a cold night, a listening ear. Inspired and beautiful is more than a clever turn of phrase. It's admitting weakness, sharing pain, a healing cry, honest words. It's singing with passion, believing and hoping above all odds. It's recognizing this life is temporary, fleeting. Inspired and beautiful is knowing God is who He says He is.
I may never write what others consider an inspired and beautiful piece of art, but with God's Spirit within me, I can live it!
So can you, my friend. Never underestimate the power of every little act of love.
Be inspired and beautiful.
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