E-votional - Enthusiasm
February 8, 2002

"Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”"

Matthew 17:4 (NRSV)


   The moment catches you and you are filled with excitement and a desire to act. Where there was once apathy, there is now passion, despair, hope and instead of endless wandering, you now have direction. Enthusiasm, whether it is about you or something else, it is contagious, it is needed, but more than anything else, it is real.

   Hear the Good News, when we encounter God's activity in the world, we can not help but be caught by enthusiasm. It is that cleansing power of God that removes the burdens of doubt and hopelessness, replacing it with direction, that powers enthusiasm. Haley, our Golden Retriever, is such a living object lesson. It does not take much to get her excited about anything, but when she begins to drag lose interest in playing and running around, there is one thing that revives her. There is one thing, other than food of course, that renews her enthusiasm, that is a bath. The old is washed away and the clean coat and skin remain. This is what witnessing God's activity in the world does for us. It washes away that old exterior and frees us up from that which brings apathy in our life. This is because we are able to creation and re-creation at work. Nothing but excitement there. 


   Father, Peter's excitement after seeing the Transfiguration reminds me of the excitement I have in my heart, but at times seems lost. Restore this passion and remove the apathy from my life. Let me not only be excited by Your work, but empowered and inspired to respond to Your presence. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.