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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: ‘Enthused’ as in… the power has to come from somewhere.

In these early weeks of the new year, we’re exploring what it means to move with thoughtful purpose toward a deepened sense of identity—that we are spirited, creative, and connected people, called to be present, grateful, generous, and missional with our lives. We’re being challenged to live with intention into this particular series of life rhythms which helps us bring some good to each day, something better to each moment, and our best to each other as we encounter the world around us.

We’ve explored the creative nuances of the hybrid word, ‘Thriv’ëra,‘ and what it means to thrive in this particular time of our lives.

We’ve considered new ways of understanding breath as a generative gift not to be taken but to be received. We’re thinking about inspiration coming from a place beyond us so that the animation that takes place with us creates a sense of thriving for others. You can access all of that here: https://thrivingrhythms.wordpress.com/

So, what shall we say about enthusiasm?” What is it, where does it come from, and perhaps, more importantly, how does enthusiasm generate a sense of thriving in us so that a greater sense of thriving can take place beyond us in the lives of others?

The verb ‘enthuse‘ is a mashup of two Greek words: ‘en,’ a prefix that means ‘in,’ and ‘theos,’ which means ‘God.’ I know, right? So, to be ‘en theos’ – to be enthused literally means to be “in God.” More precisely, to be enthusiastic acknowledges that the Spirit of God is always fully present within us to inspire, animate, and enthuse us for greater purposes in the world.

It’s one thing to be excited, jacked up, and thrilled about life. But, it’s quite another thing to acknowledge that because we’re “in God,” everything takes on a bit more enthusiasm.

Some questions:

++ What creates energy, excitement, eagerness, and enthusiasm for you?

++ How does enthusiasm influence your interactions with other people?

++ How does an understanding of enthusiasm as rooted in God challenge you to serve?


Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts are part of his #100days50words project, where he blogs about a different word each week. You can follow his project on Instagram (@pgauche) or his blog, Thriving Rhythms.



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