For everyone in school or anyone just done with the winter (yes, here it is somehow managing to still be winter in April), we are in a schlump. I have three weeks left of this semester and my energy is gone. I had a hard time writing Monday’s blog because of how run-down and bummed I feel. I know I am not alone on this. I think it’s about time we get our passion back, don’t you?

Earlier this year, I was reading a devotional from Christine Caine and she spat some wisdom I think we could use right now:

Enthusiasm comes from two Greek words: en which means ‘in,’ and theos, which means ‘God.’ So if you are in God, you have enthusiasm.”

When you are spending time with God, whether that’s prayer, worship, or His Word, you naturally gain enthusiasm. I know this to be 100% true. This past school year has been easier for me than others because of my constant persistence of the Word. The past two weeks, however, I have often decided to not pick up my Bible in exchange for some earlier sleep or chores I didn’t get done during the day.

Not that watering your plants or dusting isn’t important but, maybe I should have woken up early to get that done, am I right? (I know, easier said than done.) When you are filling yourself with the Spirit, God fills you with what you need. And yes, that includes some extra energy the next day you just can’t seem to explain.

Enthusiasm is more than just energy, it is passion and passion despite exhaustion. Passion removes the statement “have to” from your life and replaces it with “get to.” Instead of “I have to write this paper because I am in school,” it becomes “I get to write this paper because I get to go to school.” Instead of “I have to go to this meeting for my boss,” it becomes “I get to go to this meeting for my boss.”

I know what you all are thinking, “I would never put ‘get to’ in front of either of those things.” This is not usually because you are in the wrong job or wrong major but because you may have the wrong perspective. God’s unfailing love keeps us going from day to day. When we are removed from the Word and Him, we are removed from the endurance He gives us.

Here are a couple of my favorite verses to help you see how God strengthens and energizes our spirit and renews our passion:

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13

“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it- not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it- will be blessed in what they do.” -James 1:25

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13

God strengthens our passion from the inside out. If we would only look to Him and not the 10th cup of coffee, we could see that God not only wants to energize us but also wants us to feel passionate and enthusiastic about even the smallest things in our life. So hang up your winter coat, open up your Bible, and passionately endure the wonderful life that you have been given- the race we get to run. x

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