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John 4:26 Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”

We would all love to be inspired to do better, to be better, to see life in new and different ways.

Who does that for you? Who inspires you to do better, to want to be better and see life differently? Who do you inspire?

There was a woman who had to go to a well at the most awkward hour of the day. She met a man there who inspired her in ways she’d never imagined possible.

He started out with a request: “Please give me a drink.” She was surprised at the request and her response started with their point of difference “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

At this stage I recommend that you read the conversation (John 4: 4-30). The dialogue takes a few interesting twists and turns. But then, all the encounters of people talking with Jesus had this component to them. “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” He does not care about the point of difference. Jesus brings these gifts to us from God, to inspire us to live better, more fulfilled lives.

Like this woman, I can imagine that we cannot always receive the gift immediately, because our individual or collective issues blind us to who we are talking with, better still, it blinds us to who is talking with us. What we experience in the natural world can cloud our vision into what is happening on a spiritual level.

The conversation seemingly jumps from one topic to the next. From water, to husbands, to worship, to the shock and horror on the disciples faces that the Messiah would dare to talk with a Samaritan and a woman.

However, only Jesus can inspire one to such an extent that you race off, forgetting about the natural stuff (Her jar of water for instance), shouting for everyone to hear “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!”

Maya Angelou said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” With Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, surely, we know better. Therefore, we can do better.