“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)
The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”
I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.
We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.
Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.
There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.
It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.
I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!
Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!
There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!
During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. 😃 (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!
I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?
If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!