Monday, July 24, 2006

going with my gut

1. great excitement or interest in a subject or cause.
2. a source or cause of great excitement or interest.
3. archaic- religious fanaticism

from entheos: having the god within.
from the Greek enthusiasmos: to be inspired by a god.

Okay, we'll go with the root meaning with only a slight change. ("God" instead of "a god" of course!) Having God within is what being a Christian is all about, and it should fire us with enthusiasm for a great many things. This unique aspect of Christianity--that the Spirit of God purposes to make His home within us-- is a privilege that makes my head spin with possibility.

I'm in the throes of a challenging experiment this summer. It involves seizing those inner intuitions, those nudges that spring up out of nowhere, and actually pursuing them. I'm not talking about kicking the cat here. The thoughts and ideas that banter about in my head; that's what I'm talking about. So many of them have gotten thrown along the wayside, but no more. Maybe it comes with being over 40, but I'm all about seeing them through these days.

The Curious will have to be satisfied that YES, there has been some amazing progress
in the laboratory of my life. (Not every detail is up for blog-fodder.) Let's just say that I am learning how to listen and then follow through. Far be it from me to look behind and say:
"Hey, that was a God-idea. Wish I had gone for it."

I am also thrilled to learn the root-meaning of enthusiasm, seeing that I have an abundance of it these days. By the way, I don't have the corner on the market. It's pretty much up for grabs.

Carpe Entheos, Everyone.


Blogger Darlene Sinclair said...

Keep bubbling, and keep letting Him send you my way! :)

9:28 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Hey there.

11:31 PM  
Blogger thisrequiresthought said...

nic: right back atcha.
coming to see us??

9:37 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Thanks for the good reminder.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

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May God continue to use you as you give Him glory each day! and I will never forget....Carpe Entheos!!!
God's richest blessings on you,
Nancy O'Bosky

11:51 PM  
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Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.

9:36 AM  

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