My Inspiration

© 1999 Paul Jackson

If I stop to consider, the length of a year
A year ago seems like yesterday
But last week’s not so clear

I woke up this morning, as tired as a year ago
I drag myself through another day
Am I knocking on heaven’s door?

You don’t have to make time, for the cares of the world
If its prince had his way
No prayers would ever be heard

Chorus:

But every week I have this inspiration
I see your plan before me
I see your plan unfolding
You’ve given me the strength to carry on
You’re my inspiration
You’ve given me the strength to carry on
You’re my inspiration

See a man with a mission, see a man called Paul
Can anybody give more
When they give their life to the Lord?

I could talk about my failings, but I’m set free to serve
If I let you down a thousand times
I am sure to be restored

Chorus

Middle 8:
(Guitar Solo)
Give Him six days to make the world
Give Him three days to change the course of history
Give me a week and I’ll use it well
Because Thou art with me

 

PJ: “I distinctly remember sitting on my bed at Tyrell Close in October or November 1999 with an acoustic guitar. I was whacking out this riff, quite simple really, and coming up with this unusual shuffling rhythm. The words tumbled out as a God-given gift (I hope) and I thought it was a great song. Written very quickly, possibly in one sitting. I like it because it is obscure enough to be an Eleventh Hour song rather than a church song, but the meaning is still very clear: God, Lord, you are the centre of my very being, all that I have and all I want to be. You’re my inspiration!

The first verse sums up my preoccupation with the passing of time. It’s always been with me. From my earliest years, I was always thinking back a day, a week, a month and a year and pondering all the things that had happened in between. Why DO some things remain so clear and the mundane aspects of life disappear into a blur? Answers on a postcard to the usual address….

I seem to have sung the chorus hundreds of times! (In fact I reckon this must be the most performed song out of everything I’ve written.) It’s all about Sunday, actually. I find it such a refreshing day and, by God’s grace, a day of looking forward, planning where life may go next, and generally enjoying life. Even when I wasn’t a Christian it was a hopeful day, a day when life’s challengings looked a little closer to being sorted out. For the Christian it should be an exciting day when we realise we’re another week nearer heaven and a time to be refreshed by God’s strength. I pity people who use it as extra time for getting down to Tesco and Homebase….there’s so much more that God wants for us!”

PJ on ‘First’ version: “From the opening bars, it is clear that Andy is adding something very special to the music. The keyboards bring lightness and pace to a home recording situation that has often been characterised by disappointment.

The 11th Hour had always been impressive and powerful on stage but, at this point in time, no-one had never really captured that excitement in the studio environment.

One of the amazing things about the ‘First’ EP is the fact that all the drums were programmed on a Yamaha SW1000XG soundcard. (Quite where Jez was for these sessions, no-one seems to know!) Although never as good as real drums, the Yamaha lays down a solid beat for us to play against without being too wooden.

This version of My Inspiration is a definite improvement on the Calling Earth version in 2000 which was rather flat. There is a new punch to the sound. Andy’s keyboards bring a rounded multi-dimensional sound to the proceedings.

Does the voice helping out on the chorus sound familiar? Thanks, Russell!”