The Dance Between Inspiration and Perspiration

Do you ever struggle with ego? You know. You want to be perfect and praiseworthy in your gifting, and you want to be inspired and in sync with God’s Spirit. So you work on your craft until you lose your inspiration. Or you wait for your inspiration only to find it has no place to go.

This is where I’m living—the in-between. Instead of a dance it has been more of a battle. I want to dance with God in my writing, learning to follow his lead. Yet, what I discover is my lack of perspiration. Here is the breakdown: Inspiration = God working in me; Perspiration = me working with God. Let me use a scriptural reference.

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

You see, his (Abraham’s) faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.

James 2:18,22 (NLT)

What James reveals in this passage is, it’s one thing to believe God has called me to write, but if I don’t have anything to show for it, I’ve dropped my responsibility.

On the flip side…

If it is not the Lord who builds a house, the builders are wasting their time.

If it is not the Lord who watches over the city, the guards are wasting their time.

Psalm 127:1 (ERV)

In other words, if it’s not God’s idea in the first place, all my efforts to become a great writer are wasted.

I am called to write, but I struggle with the work involved in writing. I get into my head and forget to bring God with me. Or more likely, I avoid the work saying I don’t feel inspired. I forget that this is a dance between us and not a solo performance.

No matter what God calls you to do, he wants to dance with you. God will provide the inspiration, but we provide the perspiration.

Grace & Peace,


Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

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