A maxim that reverberates from my teenager years.
Information abounds. Christians have a plethora of sermons, books and blogs giving detailed instructions on how to flourish. Sadly, however, believers lead lackluster lives that disappoint. The disconnect remains attitude. This process of transforming the mundane to the marvelous necessitates an initial and substantial amount of attitude!
“For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (Psalm 69:9). Scripture insists that passion must precede alteration (John 2:16-17). The unconsumed continue unchanged without it. The wise man asserted that “when desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). Once again desire remains paramount. The very word enthusiasm comes from the Greek words en and theos meaning literally “in God” or “God in you.” John correspondingly remembered Jesus Christ telling them, “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). That aptly summarizes the life without a passion for Christ—doing nothing.
Bill Gates when asked about his success simply said, “What I do best is share my enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said the same when wrote, “Nothing great was every achieved without enthusiasm.”
The primary problem must be our loving, not our learning. Attitudes determine actions. Enthusiasm for God revolutionizes the ordinary.