Sometime back, not too long i hope, a blogging friend of mine awarded my blog an "Inspiring Masterpiece Blogger award". This award came to be when the author came to realize how much she had been moved by the lives of others as expressed through their blogging efforts of their authors. I am honored to be among the first blogs awarded such a thoughtful award. So, i am going to honor this award by passing it along myself.
The guidelines as i understand them are pretty simple. 1) If you are tagged, and feel so led, please pass this along by identifying the blogs that have inspired you, and share with both the taggee and tagger, of such. 2) You can identify as few, or as many blogs as you wish, but you should write a snippet of why, and how, said blog has inspired you. 3) I am requesting that you follow the link back to the author of this award and drop her a brief note (preferably with a link) to let her know that she has inspired you, to both be inspired and to inspire others.
Now, on to the blogs that have inspired me.
The first one came to mind because he is one of my few fellow male bloggers out in the blog-o-sphere. I "stumbled" upon Gunny's blog - Semper Reformanda - some time back when i was in need of inspiration in regards to my faith. He is a Pastor of a church, ironically enough, not far from my in-laws. The last time i was out there i had not know the blog, or the Pastor, very well so i did not pay a visit to this man's church, but i hope to do so the next time i am out his way. Gunny usually uses movie quotes for his post titles, but the content of his posts are always thoughtful, and almost always an inspiration to me. Thank you Gunny. May God continue to use you, and your blog, in the lives of all the people you have touched. Even those whom you have never met.
The second blog i would like to send this too is one that caught my attention by the title alone - Monkeys are Funny - authored by "MyADHDMe". This woman is an inspiration to me in that she had dedicated herself to serving her community in the Fire Department until an injury sidelined her from her love and passion. Through all of her pain and discomfort, she has been an inspiration to me in that she still saw the world through the eyes of Christ (for the most part). She faced the world with a smile, and found humor in her ADD (something i feel i share with her - something in common). Her blog has been silent of late due to medical issues, but i pray that she makes a recovery enough to come back and blog some more.
The last blog i will nominate will actually be the author of this award. Yeve Eeffoc - I Never Have the Answers - has been an inspiration to me for a few years now. She has struggled with being bi-polar, struggled with depression, struggled with bad life choices, and yet through all of it she has kept her eyes on Jesus and known where her true source comes from. She knows she is a flawed human being, she knows that there are things in her life that are not "perfect" - but through it all she fixes her eyes on her Savior and adjusts her attitude and actions as best she can, all the while leaning on the Savior. For some reason, she reminds me of the woman at the well and the woman who poured perfume on Jesus' head and wiped Jesus' feet. I hope those images do not offend, and they may not be 100% accurate, but that is who she reminds me of. She is also a very talented photographer.
Those are the personal blogs that have inspired me over the years. There are others that are written by organizations i hold dear, and they inspire me as well, but they are not as personal.
My ultimate inspiration is of course my Lord Jesus Christ.
For while [i was/am] still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for [me] in that while [i was] still [a] sinner, Christ died for [me]. Since, therefore, [i] have now been justified by his blood, much more shall [i] be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while [i was an] enemy [i was] reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that [i am] reconciled, shall [i] be saved by his life. More than that, [i] also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom [i] have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11, ESV - modified to make it personal to me, however it is indeed for all who have come to a saving knowledge of Christ)
For anyone who comes across this entry i ask that you check out Christ, take the time to read His Word for your self. He will be an inspiration to you as well.