ASPIRE means to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal.

EXAMPLE: When Abraham Lincoln was a boy he husked corn for three days to pay for a second-hand book of, “The Life of Washington”. After he had read the book he said, “I don’t intend to shuck corn and split rails all my life.” When asked what he aspired to be, he said, “Someday I will be President of the United States.” They laughed at young Abe. Yet, we do not laugh, do we? We know the rest of the story.

Big thoughts come from big passion. Passion is associated with the word “desire”.

Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Another example is when Nehemiah was directed with the task to rebuild the dilapidated walls of Jerusalem. Even though he was faced with severe opposition and criticism, he still persevered. He credited the success to the people’s sincere desire. For he said in Nehemiah 4:6, “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it was restored, for the people worked with all their heart.”

God’s “mode of operandum” is to work the same way in our lives. As long as we (ASPIRE) desire to please Him, we will succeed in whatever we do.

INSPIRE means to breathe or blow into or upon.

Someone asked Michael Jackson what abled him to be successful in the music industry for as many years as he had. His answer was very profound. He simply said, “I searched for things to inspire me.”

This is a good reason to watch the people you socialize with. (Are they building you up or tearing you down?)

This is why we should read the word of God REGULARLY. It can inspire us.

In 2 Timothy 3:16, the Apostle Paul makes the statement that “All scripture is inspired by God…”

EXPIRE means to breathe one’s last breath or to die.

Hebrews 9:27 states, “And as it is appointed unto men one to die, but after this the judgment.”

All of us should strive to be the best that we can be, to do as much as we can do, to help as many people as we can, and to live as close to the example of Christ as we can.

Life is too precious to waste. When we say this, we are not only talking about death and tragedy. We are also speaking of wasted talent, wasted work, wasted effort, and wasted opportunities.

Therefore, we all should strive to ASPIRE to INSPIRE before we EXPIRE.

So, Lord teach us to number our days. (James 4:14)

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