Today’s reading talked about “enthusiasm.” I learned a new word I’ve never used before ‘etymology.’ It’s not a definition for a word but an explanation of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2000 years ago. So I learned that the etymology of the Greek word “enthusiasm” literally means the breathing of the divine within.
“So when we are enthused, we are breathing spirit into what we do from the breath of our divine nature.” -Rev. Katherine Saux
What a great lesson to learn at the start of our holiday season. To be excited and enthused means we have to choose to embrace it rather then simple seeing all the work that it entails. All the hustle & bustle becomes fun the way it’s meant to be. Remembering the reason for the season, it’s all about giving, touching and loving one another.
The beauty that comes from our enthusiasm is the joy it creates in our selfless giving. Yet what we give of ourselves always comes back to us. It’s the gift that never stops giving. How can we go wrong when we’re breathing in the divine with each enthusiastic thing we do. I know from my own experience that it’s a life changing gift to receive. All we have to do is choose this instead of that. The question we need to ask ourselves is, why would you want to experience anything less?