I don’t usually use that expression. I’ll say “Oh my goodness” or just plain “Oh my” but I usually don’t bring God into the picture. I almost never do the “OMG” thing because I’m not sure God wants to be reduced to an acronym, or, more accurately, a net-centric abbreviation. I think God still likes the respect due a Supreme Being. I can get away using this expression today, because Linda opened the door in her SoCS prompt.
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “enthuse.” Add a prefix or suffix to it or leave it as it is and go to town with it! Enjoy!”
As soon as I read the prompt, every part of my brain turned to the memory and said “you got this” and I was back in the Wesley United Methodist Church on a hot Sunday morning with Peter (my favorite minister ever) talking about one of the readings. The reading had mentioned “enthusiasm” and Peter, a scholar at heart had to stop and give us a language lesson. Peter would talk and then pause and you knew the sermon was going to run long.
“…Enthusiasm. You know, Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word “enthous” which means to be with God, and to be inspired.”
I don’t know what verse had been read, maybe it was Ephesians 6:7-17
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
That was an old standard when I was growing up, working on my Memory Verses. Memory Verses were a little pack of cards that we were given every year in Sunday School. In addition to reading the assigned Bible reading and completing the worksheet we had been given the previous week, we always had to memorize a few Bible verses. We were quizzed by the teacher, and if we could recite one of the verses, we got a cookie, or a brownie or something wonderful that had been baked by the teacher. I rocked Memory Verses.
“Work with enthusiasm” was a popular mantra in Pittsburgh. It was a blue collar town and people who worked hard were respected. Working hard was a virtue, it’s what you did. The other thing you did in the church I grew up in was to sing with enthusiasm. I wrote an entire post about singing in that church. I won’t go back over that today, but we sang with enthusiasm for sure.
I still work with enthusiasm, but I have to say that I’m glad I like the people I work for because I don’t know if God considers pecking away at a computer to be work. Maybe He does. Maybe anything that produces something of value is work in His eyes. I spent a few days this past week working on a PowerPoint presentation on information security. Seriously, I can’t imagine God putting that in the “work” column. PowerPoint? I think if God had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation, He might be reaching for the smite button. If you were dumb enough to put a cheesy animation in there – boom – smite – gone.
Let me lower the blood pressure of the writers who follow me: your pecking away at a computer is work. People who create something beautiful or informative or thought provoking, yeah, they’re inspired, that’s work.
I took a vacation day yesterday. I spent a long day in my shop. I’m making a set of doors to replace a broken set of sliding closet doors. I won’t say any more about that project until it’s done ‘cuz, you know, doors. When I’m in my wood shop, I feel like I’m working with biblical enthusiasm. Taking a piece of wood, a product of nature, and turning it into something useful gives me a chance to be inspired. Most of the time, I’m working on a plan. You don’t build a set of doors without a plan, but I’m not going to talk about them.
One place in my shop where I sometimes let inspiration take over is at my lathe. I’ve turned a couple of bowls where I just chucked a piece of firewood onto the spindle and tried to find a bowl. The pictures show the progress of one such piece. Most people wouldn’t think it could be anything other than firewood.