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A COLD, THE FLU, AND ENTHUSIASM
I was going through some old files today when I ran across a log of sermons preached and articles written. Back in 1993 I did a sermon and wrote an article titled A Cold, the Flu, and Enthusiasm. I no longer have the notes to that sermon or the bulletin article, but I do remember the point of the sermon and article. I asked the question, “What does a cold, the flu and enthusiasm have in common?” Before I answer that for you, let me tease you with some thoughts.
Two of these three things you generally try to avoid. A cold and the flu can hamper you with congestion, body aches, and a fever. If someone has a cold or the flu you don’t want what they have. They can keep their germs to themselves. Although they have not found a cure for a cold, there is a vaccine that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of the flu. Enthusiasm builds on itself and can only be quenched by the will of someone who was stricken with enthusiasm.
So have you figured out the answer to what a cold, the flu, and enthusiasm have in common? The answer is that they all can be caught from someone else. I do not want to be known as the carrier of illnesses and diseases. But I hope I can bring some enthusiasm with me that will infect others. The word “enthusiasm” comes from a Greek word that means inspired by God. Thus real enthusiasm is God inspired. Therefore, if you want to catch a cold or the flu, go hang around those who are already sick. But if you want real enthusiasm, go to where the Spirit of the Lord is. When you catch the enthusiasm spirit, please pass it along to others. If you don’t know where to go to find the enthusiasm bug, try a Bible class, a small group, or anywhere God’s word is taught and practiced. I hope you catch it soon.