and so is the lack of it”
Enthusiasm originally comes from the Greek language. In its original form and usage enthusiasm was associated with being possessed by a divine presence of a god. It was the word used to describe the energy, fervor and inspiration that people exuded when they were possessed by a supernatural spirit. Enthusiasm is associated with inspiration, intense zeal, focus and enjoyment.
The enthusiasts in ancient Greece did not see themselves as ordinary people. They saw themselves as peculiar people specially chosen by the gods to accomplish significant missions. Their enthusiasm and zeal was inseparable from their sense of self worth. They believed that they were destined to accomplish insuperable feats and overcome odds insurmountable to the ordinary folks.
Here is the interesting aspect of enthusiasm; your enthusiasm is unique to you!
Our friend Max Lucado says this:
"You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman."
And since you are unique your enthusiasm for life, relationships, and whatever you do is one of a kind also. One of the greatest mistakes you can ever make is to see yourself as just an ordinary person. The fact of the matter is that you are peculiar in every sense of the word. There is no one with a DNA like yours. There will never be anyone with a voice or finger print like yours. Each of us has been given gifts and divinely appointed to accomplish greatness and your unique enthusiasm can fuel yourself and others to do the same.
I am not suggesting a fake "let's get going" cheerleading session. Luke 8:13 says:
"The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn't go very deep. It's only another fad, and the moment there's trouble it's gone.
We don't need a "fad" type of enthusiasm, I am talking about the things placed in you that you are passionate and driven by.....these are the things your enthusiasm will fuel....this is where your enthusiasm becomes contagious and inspires, gives hope, and encourages.
I have been in the midst of transition this week and have moved into a major project. At first it was incredibly overwhelming, but now the possibilities and passion is starting to "kick in" and my "enthusiasm fuel" is starting my engine. I hope your enthusiasm is contagious today!
“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” -W. Clement Stone