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Alive for Jesus

Two qualities stand out about young children at play: energy and enthusiasm. They never seem to tire, and are excited by the simplest of activities. Jesus Christ tells us (Matt 18:3) to be like them. He wants us to have the joy of childhood, that enthusiasm for life which generates boundless energy to serve Him. It has been a mark of God's servants down the centuries. And we, in these end times and in a negatively charged world, need it more than ever.

What is "enthusiasm"? And how can we develop it?

Enthusiasm is abundant joy, an excitement for life. In the Greek it means "God in us". Surely it is ours to have - for God is indeed in us! At our baptism we were indwelt by the Spirit of God and are now sons and daughters in His Family. Wrote Arnold Toynbee: "Enthusiasm may be defined as faith set on fire". It is a zeal, a zest for living, a positive excitement for God and His way of life, and for all our futures. It is a must for Christians, keeping us going through life's journey. Enthusiasm makes the difference in handling life's problems, ensuring the difficulties don't overwhelm us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm". It is vital that we develop this "faith set alight" if we are to fulfill our destined role in life.

Change Your Life

How, then, do we develop this life-changing attitude? Here are some steps all can take:

Finally, remember that enthusiasm, just like measles, is contagious. Let's all "catch" it. And then go out and spread it - today.

Sarah McBride

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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Volume 1 Issue 2, March/April 1997. Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.

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