The task: I decided to use my Angel cards (little cards that have a word on them) and choose a word for today. That word would become the focus of my activities today.
Now...I truly believe the Holy Spirit is at work when I do things like this. I always get the word I need not necessarily the word I want. In fact, most frequently, I get a word that makes me cringe and squirm and I don't discover why it was the perfect word for the day until much later...sometimes days, weeks later! So...I shuffled my little cards. Spread them out. Said a little prayer like, "God...help me to be open to the possibilities of today," and I chose one.
Flipped it over (crossing my fingers and toes that it wouldn't be something like "growth" or "mercy" or "feelings") and I got...
ENTHUSIASM! Wow! What a fun word to choose! Thanks for the easy road, Spirit. Did I just say, easy road? HA! Discovering--excavating, if you will, is not easy. Sometimes it's more fun than other times. Sometimes it's happy sometimes it's painful--but nothing about this is easy. Good thing I like a challenge.
So I'm into enthusiasm today. I sat in my comfy chair and just sat in the quiet for a bit. I had already gone for a run this morning--did I run with enthusiasm? What does it really mean to live with enthusiasm? Where is God in the day-to-day enthusiasm? Do I really know what the word means?
I couldn't really answer the last 3 questions; I gathered this is what today's quest is going to be about.
Do I really know what enthusiasm means?
I had some initial thoughts...energy, joy, passion, active, happy, bouncy...ok...I usually have one or more of these characteristics going on. So what? I looked it up and this is what I found from Wikepedia:
Enthusiasm originally meant inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god. Johnson's Dictionary, the first comprehensive dictionary of the English language, defines enthusiasm as "a vain belief of private revelation; a vain confidence of divine favour or communication." In current English vernacular the word simply means intense enjoyment, interest, or approval.
INSPIRATION or POSSESSION...BY THE PRESENCE of [GOD]. Are you kidding me? How awesome is that? I had no idea that was the original meaning. What a great starting off point...so I reframed my questions a bit thanks to Wikepedia.
How am I inspired by the presence of God? ...in the day-to-day? ...in the bigger picture? Do I live with enthusiasm? Let's see how the day unfolds...