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The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos” which means “the God within.”


When God is within us - through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - how then can we not be enthusiastic? Joyful? Cheerful? Light-hearted?


Enthusiasm is a key for success in the lives of Christ-followers. Scripture exhorts us to be “zealous” for what is good (1 Peter 3:13). To “not be slothful in zeal, but fervent in Spirit” (Romans 12:11).


If Jesus lives in us, and He is the hope of our glory, should not His followers be the most enthusiastic, happiest, zealous, encouraging, upbeat and jovial people on the face of the earth (Colossians 1:27)?


For we have found the secret to life: God in Christ lives in us. Empowering and strengthening us by the minute. No matter what obstacle or difficulty we may face.


And we live successfully, in God, in his strength, and for His glory alone.

If you’ve experienced success in your life, then there are people around you who’ve helped you along the way. It’s a requisite for success.


Why? Because we all stand on the shoulders of other people. Those who’ve contributed to our achievement in some way. Through their words. Encouragement. Example. Wisdom. Time. Money. Faith. Prayers.


Think of some of those people in your life. Ones who guided you to seasons in which you flourished. Maybe they were your parents. Coaches. Teachers. Coworkers. Friends. Siblings. The list goes on and on.


Scripture commands the practice of thanksgiving. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Giving thanks to others requires your appreciation to be made known.


For those who have steered you toward prosperous seasons of life, take a moment today and call, text, email, or write. Simply say, “Thank you. I am who I am today partly because of you.” The means of your communication doesn’t matter. It’s your words of thanksgiving that do.


We all stand on the shoulders of other people.


Let’s make sure we say thank you to them.

Here’s what I consider to be a fundamental key to life: Seek to understand more than be understood.


How do we do this? By practicing empathy. By listening carefully to what someone is saying. Trying to see life as they see it. Trying to walk in their shoes. Considering how others’ life experiences - including their wounding - have shaped their opinions and ideologies.


Once we understand the plights of others, we’re able to hurt as they hurt. Weep as they weep. Mourn as they mourn (Romans 12:15).


Understanding also means not offering easy, uninvolved solutions. Or giving simple, shallow answers.


Understanding means listening. Being there. Caring. When done, your love for others increases.


And their love increases for you, too.