I wonder how much of an enthusiast you are?
Or how sympathetic you are to those who don’t share your enthusiasm?
Passion for truth, for God, brings enthusiasm and that’s a great thing.
It’s got its dangers though, as anyone who’s been hosed down by enthusiasm knows!
A 12th century monk, William of Saint Thierry, must have known this when he wrote these wise words: Love of the truth drives us from the world to God, and the truth of love sends us back from God to the world.
Our souls are fired up with enthusiasm as we contemplate the truth of God in prayer and worship. That enthusiasm is clothed with love from above that inspires service of the world.
As we look lovingly and enthusiastically to God’s truth we’re touched by his love and sympathy for all that is.
I love it when people respond to the message of the Christian good news but I try to hold sympathy with the people who don’t as well. They have their reasons - and I may be one of them!
Enthusiasm and sympathy flow best in the life of God, Father, Son and Spirit as the Psalmist indicates when he writes love and truth walk in the presence of God (Psalm 61:7)
Love and truth flow unevenly and partially in our hearts which is why I invite you to join this prayer
May the love of truth drive us from the world to you, Lord and the truth of your love send us back from you to serve the world as you desire. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.