Richard Lawton

Years ago, I was inspired by a young man. He never owned a car. He never went to a movie. I’m not aware that he ever went to a dance, but maybe he did. He didn’t go to college. He had close friends, but I don’t think he had a girlfriend. He worshiped God regularly but never claimed to be a Christian. So why was I inspired?

He had a magnetic personality but never used it to exploit people. He loved people and accepted them for who they were. He paid special attention to the disabled and to people who were going through tough times. He would do anything for anybody. What he said made sense, and he spoke in a way that held my attention. He followed up his words with action. He was genuine—or dinkum, as we say in Australia.

Many of the people who heard [Jesus] were amazed and asked, “How can he do all this? Where did he get such wisdom and the power to work these miracles? Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of Mary? Aren’t James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon his brothers? Don’t his sisters still live here in our town?”
Mark 6:2b–3a (CEV)

He still inspires me. His words give purpose to my life. His teachings and his life of love guide my interaction with others. I want to be more like him, so I will keep following him. His name is Jesus.


JOURNAL: What about Jesus inspires you?

—from devozine (November/December 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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