Three provocative words that rekindle the thrill of living
When dull routines have replaced the thrill, the romance, the beauty, the sheer toe-curling joy of living in this fascinating, God-given world, remember three stimulating words:
Note carefully what these words have in common:
At its roots, “inspiration” means “immediate influence of God.” The essential meaning from the Greek is “God-breathed” or “God-blown.”
One definition in Webster’s 1836 Dictionary reads:
“The infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit; the conveying into the minds of men, ideas, notices or monitions by extraordinary or supernatural influence; or the communication of the divine will to the understanding by suggestions or impressions on the mind…”
“Enthusiasm” comes from the Greek en theos, meaning “divinely inspired, possessed by a god.”
Notre Dame University theology professor Father John O’Brien explains:
“…in the early usage of this term among the ancient Greeks, it literally meant ‘God within you.’ The Divine Being who is the author and the source of all goodness and beauty and truth, honesty and love. God is in the heart of the individual who is possessed by a vision, who burns with ardor, who is determined to make a dream come true. God is there. God is kindling the fire.”
An “epiphany” is
“the sudden intuitive leap of understanding or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something; an illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.”
Essentially, it is a revelation. It is also defined as “a manifestation of a divine being.”
How inspired do you feel? How much enthusiasm permeates your life and work? How often do you experience epiphanies?
In other words, how are you allowing God to manifest in, motivate, and direct your life?
When life is drudgery and work a bore, remember the immortal words of Christ:
God, who put the colors in the sky, the flavor in peaches, the harmony in music, and the ecstasy in sex, has already given you everything you need to live with rapture, wonder, and bliss.
Your task isn’t to breath in inspiration, enthusiasm, and epiphanies from Him, but rather to draw them out of yourself.
YOU must inspire yourself from your inner god. YOU must generate your own enthusiasm. YOU must seek and experience your own epiphanies.
Frustrated with people looking for truth outside of themselves, the old Zen monk, Rinzai, sermonized:
“If on your way you meet the Buddha, kill him…O disciples of the truth, make an effort to free yourselves from every object…O you, with eyes of moles! I say to you: No Buddha, no teaching, no discipline! What are you ceaselessly looking for in your neighbor’s house? Don’t you understand that you are putting a head higher than your own? What then is lacking to you in yourselves? That which you have at this moment does not differ from that of which the Buddha is made.”
Emerson put it thus:
“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.”
Your God-given spark of life lies waiting for you to breathe on it.
Trust your intuitions, follow your hunches, develop your ideas, act on your promptings without hesitation and the spark will burst into flames of inspiration and enthusiasm. Epiphanies will explode like fireworks.
God has already breathed life into you. Now you must fan the flames.