From Merriam-Webster Online…
Main Entry: en·thu·si·asm
Pronunciation: \in-ˈthü-zē-ˌa-zəm, en-, also -ˈthyü-\
Etymology: Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be inspired, irregular from entheos inspired, from en- + theos god
1 a: belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit b: religious fanaticism
2 a: strong excitement of feeling : ardor b: something inspiring zeal or fervor
I daresay that most of the world embraces the second definition and doesn’t even realize the origins of the word. I learned the definition from a dear friend and mentor many years ago, long before I truly began my journey with Christ. Since then, I embraced the word (and The Word), but only recently have decided to try and LIVE it.
I’m not a naive new Christian who believes that just because I accepted Christ, everything will be sunshine and roses. It’s more of an “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” sort of attitude. This doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t struggle.
One of my weaknesses is control. I’m sort of a control freak. Heck, I plan events for a living, and that’s ALL about controlling details. God has been challenging me, like, SERIOUSLY challenging me over the last year. I’ll probably go into the situation later, but for now, let’s just leave it at that. I basically have absolutely NO control over the outcome of the situation, and in order to keep my very sanity, I really just need to trust that God will handle things in His time, and in His way.
This is difficult for me.
So I begin today anew. With a trust in God that all will work out in His time and His way.
Today my prayer will be for strength. For calm. For peace in my heart and in my soul. I pray that I will remember, today and always, to live in him.