American Heritage Dictionary: Enthusiasm – a great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
En.thu.si.asm: origin Greek enthusiasmos, from enthous, en theos, God inspired, God in it.
“Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Romans 12:1 – “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
Romans 12:1 NLT
Deut. 28:47-48 – “If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything. The LORD will put an iron yoke on your neck, oppressing you harshly until he has destroyed you.”
Deuteronomy 28:47-48 NLT
Haggai 1:14 – “So the LORD sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,”
Haggai 1:14 NLT
2 Cor 8:7 – “Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.”
2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT
Acts 18:25 – “He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism.”
Acts of the Apostles 18:25 NLT
1 Cor. 15:58 – “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
Eph 6:7 – “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Ephesians 6:7 NLT
Leadership Insight: Enthusiasm is not a by-product….it is cultivated!
WHY IS ENTHUSIASM IMPORTANT?
1. Enthusiasm is the great…Motivator – to get going, moving, doing.
2. Enthusiasm is the great…Energizer – to bring us to life.
3. Enthusiasm is the great…Eliminator – to help overcome problems.
4. Enthusiasm is the great…Emancipator – to set people free.
5. Enthusiasm is the great…Enticer – to bring people together (make it fun).
10 STEPS TO ENTHUSIASM
1. Understand the importance of enthusiasm. Without value we won’t do.
2. Take responsibility for your own enthusiasm.
– Get pumped for the people that are there. Don’t mope over th missing.
– Don’t wait for others to energize you.
– Enthusiasm is a choice you make!
– If you wait — life waits.
“One of the greatest things you can do is to get excited about your life and start to live enthusiastically day after day after day; your whole world will improve. If you wait to get excited until some lucky outer event happens – guess what? If you wait, what does life do? It waits. And if you hold back until a move appropriate time to get excited what does life do? If you’re going to hold back on enthusiasm, develop lots of patience, because you’re going to wait a long time for an exciting life.” – John Maxwell
“If you want to change your attitudes, start with a change of behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you want to become.” – Dr. William Glasser
Feelings follow action.
ACTING LESSONS FOR ENTHUSIASM:
A. FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT. – Soon You’ll feel it.
Fake joy is better than genuine depression.
B. FORSAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT – Don’t let your feelings control you.
Leave your negativity behind.
Don’t infect others with your black cloud.
C. BREAK IT TILL YOU MAKE IT – Get rid of relationships that drag you down.
3. Hang out with enthusiastic people.
BE THE ENTHUSIASTIC ONE…
4. Write down a statement or goal regarding your commitment to enthusiasm.
Ex – Every day, in every way, IN JESUS, I’m getting better and better.
Pray it into reality.
Live it by faith.
5. Change your vocabulary – Confess with faith.
ELIMINATE THESE WORDS: ADD THESE WORDS:
I CAN’T DO IT. 1. I CAN DO IT.
I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT. 2. I CAN’T WAIT.
I DOUBT IT. 3. I EXPECT THE BEST
I AM AFRAID. 4. I AM CONFIDENT
IT CAN’T BE DONE. 5. GOD WILL HELP ME/US
Ephesians 4:29 – “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
Ephesians 4:29 NLT
6. Identify the causes for enthusiasm in your life group.
WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES YOUR LIFE GROUP AWESOME?
A. People – connections – celebrate people.
B. Purpose – what we are about.
C. Product – outcome – testimonies (talk about them).
7. Address the road blocks to enthusiasm in your life group.
Address the quenchers.
8. Maintain an AWE regarding all that God is doing.
9. REST – Be alive – not exhausted – so that God can use you and so that you can hear God.
10. PRAY – FOR ENTHUSIASM, ASK GOD TO HELP YOU BE ENTHUSIASTIC.
ENTHUSIASM FOR MINISTRY & LIFE IS GOD’S WILL…
ROMANS 12:11 – “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”
Romans 12:11 NLT
1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 – “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
EPHESIANS 6:7 – “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord (because, as a follower of Christ, you are) rather than for people.”
Ephesians 6:7 NLT