January 10

Reflection

The word enthusiasm is derived from the roots en — in or within — and theos — God. It means having God within or being one with God. People with this gift carry a special kind of energy. They bring warmth and feeling to their relationships and vigor and freshness to their activities. Enthusiasm is invigorating. It helps you get up and go. It is a good prescription when you are feeling lethargic and listless, when your energy seems frozen. Enthusiasm counterbalances apathy and boredom, two common blocks to an engaged spiritual life. The happiest people you know may be those who are living enthusiastic lives. These people possess something special, the spark of God in everything they do.
Spirituality and Practice

Prayer

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Action

I will try to remember that God is present in my life and rejoice in my many gifts. I will try to live aware of the beauty and meaning of living.

Suggested Reading

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Colossians 3:23

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Exuberance is the experience of things as ever new, and ever renewed in God’s ever-beginning Creation. The world is always amazing and fresh to the religious heart, the heart of the fool certainly, which knows that every day is the first day of Creation.
Bishop Seraphim Sigrist in Theology of Wonder

It is important to energize our everyday practice and daily good works with enthusiasm, without anyone else telling us to, but doing it for our own sake.
The Dalai Lama

Enthusiasm moves the world.
Arthur Balfour

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Norman Vincent Peale

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
Bo Bennett

 

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