“Enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.” —Napoleon Hill

The most interesting phrase in this sentence is “under control.” We’ve all seen examples of enthusiasm out of control. Not a pretty sight. Under control, a powerful influence.

Today’s devotional (Jan. 5) is about zeal, a favorite topic of mine:

Zeal is devotion to and the pursuit of a cause, ideal, or goal. It is the backbone of faithfulness, I Kings 19:10. When God does what He promises to do, it is called “the zeal of the Lord,” II Kings 19:31; Isaiah 9:6,7; Ezekiel 5:13. It was “zeal” for the house of God that moved Jesus to cleanse the temple, John 2:17. We are to have that same commitment to the Lord—determined, focused, and dedicated to the purposes of heaven, Titus 2:14; Revelation 3:19. Obviously, it is good to be zealous for what is good. —Ed Mathews

Good read, good reminder. Still time to start with us on this yearly, meaty devotional.

Focus question: How intense is my zeal for the Lord? Are there times when it flags? What causes zeal to diminish? What feeds positive zeal?