Imagine . . . you’ve dreamt about it forever and saved for as long as you can remember. You’ve planned, packed, and purchased.
Finally, it’s time and you’re so excited. Tired and a little stressed, but still very excited.
This is it. Time with the family at __insert dream destination here__.
You’re ready to make memories.
When your teen looks up from her phone, rolls her eyes, and says, “How long is this going to take.”
What do you do?
1. Allow your anger to go on a rant.
2. Let disappointment suck the joy out of the day.
3. Give up and wonder why you bother anyway.
4. Stay enthusiastic and pray it rubs off on everyone else.
It’s International Enthusiasm Week
Why should you live with enthusiasm? What difference does it make?
God is the author of enthusiasm.
Look at creation . . . color, variety, beauty. God’s enthusiasm is everywhere.
Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good! Genesis 1:31
God is the source of enthusiasm.
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7
The Greek word for enthusiasm is EN (in) +THEOS (god) which means “the Spirit of God within.”
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The Blessings of Enthusiasm.
1. Enthusiasm from God is energizing.
Stephen, brimming with God’s grace and energy, was doing wonderful things among the people, unmistakable signs that God was among them. Acts 6:8 (MSG)
2. Enthusiasm from God is optimistic.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
3. Enthusiasm from God is creative.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
4. Enthusiasm from God is hopeful.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
5. Enthusiasm from God is joy-filled.
[ Faith Brings Joy ] Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1
6. Enthusiasm from God is healing.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. Proverbs 15:30
7. Enthusiasm from God is contagious.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness. Psalm 145:6–7
8. Living with enthusiasm from God is a choice.
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Ephesians 6:7
It’s time for an attitude check.
So stop often and ask yourself the following two questions:
1. What’s my current level of enthusiasm?
2. Is it showing?
Lord, please help me to realize the enthusiasm that comes from You, and help me to share the gift of enthusiasm with others. Amen.
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