For me, when I consider all the different people who have inspired me throughout my life, I see one common thread: they all bear a strong likeness to Jesus. And the one quality in particular that stands out is love. It's not about how intelligent or knowledgeable a person is. It's not about how much influence or fame a person has. It's not about how much success or accomplishments a person has. It's about love. Do I respect those other qualities? Sure. Are they attractive? Yeah. But that doesn't inspire me.
What inspires me is seeing a teacher reach out to a student rather than just dismiss them and give them another chance,
or seeing a family open up their house to strangers and welcome them in with generosity,
or seeing a boss listen with humility to employees and treat them as real individual persons and not just another unit to get the job done,
or seeing a parent sacrifice everything they have just so that their children can flourish, and live well,
or seeing an innocent victim harbor no resentment to his/her wrongdoers, but instead forgive and show kindness.
It is those things that inspire me. They make me see the world for how it should be.
I am thankful for the people in my life who inspire me, because ultimately, they make me want to be more like Jesus.
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