The English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley once wrote, “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” Are you experiencing child-like enthusiasm in your life? If not, begin to cultivate it again!
The Greek roots of ‘enthusiasm’ refer to receiving inspiration from God, which we can all seek after. In modern times we more commonly consider enthusiasm to be intense and eager enjoyment, interest or approval, and living life with fervor, excitement and motivation.
What positive ideas motivate you? What activities excite intense and eager enjoyment in your life? Whatever it is, don’t stop pursuing it. And if your enthusiasm for life and in life has waned, make an effort to rekindle the fire you once had and re-learn joy.
Read good books. Listen to fine music. Offer prayers of gratitude. Play with and encourage children. Dance. Walk in nature and notice all of God’s amazing creations. Reach out in compassion and service to others. Live as Christ’s disciple. Exercise love.
We can do it! We can live with enthusiasm and faith in the future. We can enthusiastically seek after whatever things are true, honest, just and pure; things that are lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
We can live life with purpose regardless of our age and always be ready to receive inspiration from God, true enthusiasm.
– Kathleen Irving with inspiration from Connie Hendricks