From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Are you a person with enthusiasm?

Webster’s Dictionary defines enthusiasm as ‘ardent eagerness.’

We might get the impression from such a definition that this type of person is one who has had too much caffeine.

Nevertheless, to get through the miserable and the mundane, a certain amount of enthusiasm will be required.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

I had a professor in seminary who taught Biblical Hebrew, a course that not only bends your brain but also challenges the far reaches of one’s alertness, especially at 8:30 a.m. on a Monday morning.

However, the prof was so enthusiastic, so stoked about the value of learning this original language of the Old Testament that I was drawn in to his vortex of study.

I have benefited to this present day in my preaching ministry thanks to this man’s fervor.

What if every employee attacked his or her routine tasks at work with enthusiasm?

I wonder what that would do to productivity levels.

What if students showed up to class buzzing with interest in that day’s lesson?

What might this do for the attitude and approach of the teacher?

It works in church, too.

Go to service with your Bible open and your smile on.

Watch how that affects your pastor or priest, and then see what it does to your heart, too.

Enthusiasm is contagious, so catch it!