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December 12, 2017, 10:53 AM

The Human Spirit


I like to avoid the news, because I just feel bombarded with bad news. Murders, abuse, rape, terrorism, fires...it's just non-stop. I just don't want to even hear any more. You hear so much negative about people that you wonder if there are any good people left. Yet at the same time I am so impressed and inspired by the human spirit. 

What sets us apart from the animals and all creation is that we are created in the image of God. In the Latin it is, imago dei, and it is the spirit that connects us with God. I also believe that it is the part of us that pushes us to survive and thrive. It's the part of us that won't let us give up. It's the part of us that pushes us to keep going even when we don't feel like it. It's the part of us that pushes us to not give up when most of us just wants to lay down and die. 

We all are tempted to give up. We want to give up on our careers when we don't get the promotions we though we'd get or it's just not what we thought it would be. We are tempted to give up on our marriage when it gets tougher than we thought it would ever be. We are tempted to give up on our friends when they disappoint us. We are tempted to give up on our church when there is conflict and problems we never saw coming. We are tempted to give up on our lives when we are dealt a blow with some serious health issue that is going to require a nasty battle. 

But you know what...we don't give up. We rise up. We battle. We fight for what we want. We fight to survive and thrive and that is that imago deo...the image of God. God has instilled this in us and it's what we cling to. 

So today if are tempted to give up...dig deep into that spirit that God has given you. It's that part of you that knows you can't give up...you have to keep going. Tap into that spirit. 

When you feel today that you are just going to do the very least you have to do to get by, tap into that spirit that makes us want to thrive. Don't settle...give your best. Your co-workers deserve it, your customers deserve it, your students deserve it, and most importantly God deserves your very best. 

People all around us are looking for inspiration. You can inspire them just by refusing to give up and refusing to settle. You can inspire others just by showing up every day even when you don't feel like it and surviving and thriving. Show the world around you that there's a great reason to not give up and to not settle. Show the people around you that there's a great reason to not give up but to continue to battle. 

Go show the world that the human spirit is alive and well and kicking and refuses to give up or lose! 


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