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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; No Inspiration or Inspiration, A Choice?

Updated on November 17, 2019
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Hey now come along for a ride. I write this for all ages. We like it. How fun for us to grow together. I am a pro at this, don't attempt.

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Sometimes ugly inspires.
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My Friends I Try Not To Inspire or Preach But To Set Free Our Love

Inspiration is so cool. It is like love. You and give inspiration and you can get inspiration and you can make inspiration. Inspiration is so inspiring. My boy and I set up a bike obstacle course in the back yard. Our chant was “bring on the inspiration”. OK we are weird that is a given. I think you can get insperation by fun. You can get inspiration from perspiration.

Is “lifting someone up” inspiration. Check this out; Inspire, inspiring and inspiration and inspired. What the heck? Are those nouns or adjectives of adverbs or what the hell are they? This is a real crapstorm of a word.

Hey, check this out. I will inspire you with this sermon. I was watching a performance of Vivaldi’s seasons. The lead did not smile like she was having fun. And then I watched it again and was inspired. She danged well was feeling each stanza and showing it in her face. What a trip she was leading her players with her face. And the four seasons were at least not happy.

So I went to Primavera. Oh my, this lady violinist did not lead. And just smiled the whole way through. She played with her people. Now I was brought down by the first. I was inspired and lifted up by the second. Get with my program or get out of my way today. I will challenge this day to be the best Sunday ever. We already have plans for a bike ride down our canyon. (the way up and back I might need to walk ;-)

Bring on that life. I bought my son a terrarium yesterday. Worms and crickets. From the yard. And two spiders. He built it up and jumped around in excitement. Do not look at me. I think fun is inspiration at least on this occasion he inspired me to do more and be more creative. If I was more inspired they would check me in for being hypermanic.

Dierker’s in this home do not do well. We reject well. We simply will not accept well. Well is push push. We reach for and grab stars. We do each Saturday better than the last. We do Monday nights like God only made it for us to celebrate a new week. Do not even go to Sundays. Doing jigs in the kitchen just makes mom scowl with a smile hidden. She dances with her hands over the stove. I mean her hands dance on the food she prepares.

Seen Some Trouble But Always Pulled Up

Learning the River

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Just Live It!

So this notion of inspiration. I get mine all over the place. Can you even get a grasp on music? I cannot. I played in an orchestra for a bit as a youngster. Clarinet. I played bongos for a singer once. My son composes music and then plays them up San Francisco way. He has a moving rig. He plays “party with a purpose to clean up beaches”. He also brings his show to VFW’s. (Veterans of Foreign Wars) He inspires everyone he touches. Well maybe except his sisters.

Us Dierker’s refuse well for us unless it means well to another. I have no clue here. It just is an is. If I go a week without inspiring 100 I have failed in my writing. I would deserve a spanking from my lord. I would have had to stay in my own pity pot and not shared my love. I wonder what the difference is between giving love and or inspiration. That hand reached out and up is placed in love but it just may inspire. I do not give a dollar to a beggar without insisting they shake my hand. That touch may be the only one they receive for a month or more. This Dierker home does not do “well” of what good is that? How do we teach our children to inspire without showing then how? Bring me down hard Jesus if I do not inspire another this day for there is no other day.

You die one day and they bring you back with paddles and you just cannot live without inspiration. Again I ask if there is inspiration without love. I am learning that there is not. Who are we that we cannot inspire. Not I. I wilt. I have no blossom without love to give to another. I am weak when I cannot reach another’s hand. I am nothing if I do not inspire another to give all they have and then inspire another. So I have old shoes and one shirt to wear, this shirt and these shoes they are tailor made by our lord that we may help another to get shoes and to wear a shirt. I do not get it. I just try to live it.

Dang Desserts

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Don't Care About Livin' I Care About Death.

Going to Heaven I Reckon, Best Look My Best

We may have compassion and this is good. But if our compassion does not inspire what good is it really? I have no idea who but someone said; Give a man a fish and you feed him that day or teach a man to fish and feed him forever. Or something like that. Inspiration for one to do more is love. If I have a light but hide it from those in need of a light am I worthy?

We do not live in bad times. But do we make times bad? I sat with the man who gave my hand in marriage to my beloved many years ago and I asked him if life was going better through the interpretation of my best man. The response was thus; I used to have one shirt and washed it every night. Now I have a closet with many shirts. My floor is still dirt but soon it will be brick. He loved and inspired me. Perhaps inspiration cannot be a choice. Perhaps that choice is made for us if we open our hearts to love.

A murder flew by this morning as the 3 quarter moon shined as bright as can be just after the planets perished from sight. I was inspired. Nature inspires. I still do not always know good from bad but I notice that when I do good I am inspired and that inspires others. Again, I do not get that.

So if you are inspired pass that on. You can do it anyway you want. But I assure you that inspiration not shared will dissipate and leave you without it. One of those deals like the more you give the more you get and on and on. Just empty it out. Put all your love and inspiration into others. I can promise you, you will get more in return and need to give it away soon so you do not overflow. “Busting out with love and inspiration is a whole lot better than watching TV.” I will do my walk today. 94 year old Alice will tell me a thing or two and Steve will complain and Chris will bore me. Just a walk around the block. No inspiration there. Which is a point. Do not look for love and inspiration everywhere. It does not work that way. Look for love just in living. I love living. I am inspired by the mere fact I woke up today and my young son will be inspired by that also – maybe my wife not so much, hihihihi.

The beat goes on and be inspired by every day that you get it.

One Day


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi, Rodric it is good to hear from you. I hope our small Desert storm pushes Peroia way. I am heading right back out to be rained on. Rodric this is a strange one but God usually doesn't answer but on the Trinity and suffering he answered. "Get over it son and move on to the talent I gave you which is love". I still like to think about them and debate but it is minimal as I have a calling.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      12 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Eric, that brings to mind the bad thing that happened to Jesus. I was studying Hebrews last week and my research took me to a sermon by Elder Neal A Maxwell who was speaking about how Jesus did not want to suffer for the sins of the world because it was so painful, yet He willingly submitted to God regardless of His wants. Out of the horrible experience of His up to the crucifixion, so many inspired songs, stories, and acts have come. Why does God allow suffering? The reasons may not jive with everyone, but I know in the instance of Jesus of Nazareth, the greatest inspirations of the human race have come from His life and suffering.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whahoo Ruby I just came in from clearing the yard. Smells like rain to me. That would be fantastic for us. It would fill some reservoirs and put an end to the fire season. Feeling a little chilly at 65 hihihi.

      I cannot say it enough. Most I do for others is for me. But that seems to be working out real well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      hihihihi I get it. I'm inspired even though it's gloomy outside and will surely rain. Do for others and inspiration will come your way. Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric that is a great reflection and I am glad you added it to this humble sermon. That is so strange that bad things can inspire us to do good things. A least they do for me. (makes you wonder about "why does God let bad things happen?)

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I am being a nicer person these days. Wow the change in the love I get. Perhaps not doing is as good a way to get love as doing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, smile therapy is so cool. A bit a go my wife told me that I wrinkled my forehead when concentrating. So I stopped, but then I started smiling instead -- way better.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So accurate Linda you were just making think while can't go find it we can still go find things that may.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      12 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Eric, I was listening to a song by Coldplay, Politic. The music was depressingly artistic in my mind but it inspired me to write a book about a US president viewing Earth from a shuttle in space as he escaped a worldwide assassination attempt on the leaders of the members of the United Nations. I don't know what that music inspired me to come up with that story.

      You are right. Inspiration comes from many different place. Some of them are very unlikely places..

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Look for love just in living." There's much inspiration in that one idea. Lots more in other ideas you it forth. Thank you.

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      12 months ago from london

      I am inspired. Great to read your work on inspiring others a yes, any smile is therapy. Praise be!

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      You can't look for inspiration; it has to find you. Call it your Muse or whatever name you want to give it. It's like love--you just need to keep your mind and your heart open.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary life is complicated. "Parent teacher conference" today. I was all into and getting a reading on the teacher. My wife was eerily quiet. She was just interested in his scores. Life is that way.

      Turns out he is on the top list our base for a scholarship to the Naval academy. His grades actually mean something already.

      Oh what the heck we will play soccer tonight and set up our bike obstacle course. I have my job to do.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I truly admire your love for living. Life is wonderful and meant to be lived to the full and you do this very well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, this is such a nice comment. You make me very happy. And that is great for I am passing it on. And so give yourself a pat on the back on my account. Love is so good. Writing is such a blessing. We get to write to each other. So cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I thank you. There is this interesting concept of "mindfulness". I find that interesting. My job is to obtain "mindlessness". Ocean waves!! Are we talking the good life here or what. I go for both the shore breakers into rocks or the real low tide at the beach. I prefer holding hands and walking with my children.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari I was first chair -- alright the first chair had to move -- Vietnam war and all. And the other was just horrible ;-) I am looking to get one and pick it back up again. Although my wife may kick me out of the house.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I was inspired by reading this, shoot, your sermons are one of my biggest sources of inspiration and are one of the things that inspired me to write my Poems From the Porch series and poems requested by other people. I was hoping to create a vessel to give something back to my readers with love and hopefully offer inspiration as well. So you see, it’s working. Peace my brother.

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      Dana Tate 

      12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I always found inspiration from helping others but sometimes that can take a lot out of you. I learned to take time for myself with no distractions. I'll turn off my phone and television and enjoy a good book. Sometimes I'll go to the beach and just listen to the ocean.

      I usually feel rejuvenated after that and the inspiration comes. Sometimes we have to free our minds from all the things we take in everyday.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill that emptying is so cool. "Love, love the magical thing, the more you give the more you bring." Of course that is after "Beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot." I hear you, sometimes I just have to get 'er done.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      I find inspiration in all types of people, things and places. Nature is one big inspiration for me. I played the clarinet in middle school orchestra. I was inspired to play the saxophone, but they only had a clarinet seat open, so I decided to be inspired by the clarinet instead.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure I've ever been "inspired" to write. It just seems to happen. But I also don't believe it would "happen" if I were not open to it all, and receptive to it all, and able to see it all. For me it requires emptying my vessel and just being, and I suspect that is the same for you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish you are so right. Just last week my wife inspired me so much. A new immigrant family at our school. She took them aside and went to the office and helped them walk through the paperwork. Probably 20 minutes and probably changed 4 lives. That is what we are talking about.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, it was so cool about 5 years ago. Little children see the micro of things. It was so rejuvenating to see them again. Now Gabe grows older as I grow younger.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive I sure hope you writers do.

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      12 months ago from USA

      We should all take inspiration where we can find it. You also never know when you might be inspiring someone else.

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      Lori Colbo 

      12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Inspiration comes in a million different ways. Watching a butterfly flit around in the garden, hearing Vivaldi as you mentioned, a piece of art, a poem or story, a speech, sermon, a chat with a friend who has been in the trenches of adversity and made it through because of their trust in God. I think paying more attention to the little things in life can be inspiring because we miss so much when we're running around in circles. A good meal and a good cook are inspiring. You and your son Gabe are inspiring and I thank you for sharing your journey of love and hope.

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      Clive Williams 

      12 months ago from Jamaica

      Writers Inspire a lot of people.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think inspiration was a great topic for your good sermon today. Inspiration paired with love is wonderful as I think you said. It feels so good to be inspired about anything. I am happy to watch the birds eat on our bird feeder and it makes me want to do more for the birds, such as keeping the bird bath clean.

      I hope you are having a very good Sunday Eric. I enjoyed your inspiring article.


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