Day 14 Thursday Zeal

Zeal

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Luke 10:30-42; 11:1-4.

Zeal is the affirmative impulse of existence; its command is, “Go forward!” Zeal is the mighty force that incites all things to action; the eternal urge behind all things. To be without zeal is to be without the zest of living. Zeal and enthusiasm incite to glorious achievement in every ideal that the mind conceives.  Zeal should be tempered with wisdom. Some persons get so fired with zeal when they first tackle a job, that they quickly grow tired, and fail to carry it through to completion. The need is for control, equalization.  Watch the pull of a giant locomotive; note how it slowly but steadily moves forward, almost by inches at first but gradually increasing until its mile-long train swiftly disappears in the distance.  “The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up” means that the zeal faculty has become so active intellectually that it has consumed the vitality and left nothing for spiritual growth. Excessive zeal in religious forms of worship eats up the purely spiritual. When we become very zealous in observing the rites of the church we are prone to forget the church itself, which is Christ.  The divine command is, “Take time to be holy.” I am quick to do the bidding of Spirit and use a portion of my zeal in establishing God’s kingdom within me. I do not put all my enthusiasm into helping others; my own unfoldment is of great importance to me. I love to aid my brother, but I do not allow that idea to rob me of the power to demonstrate Truth for myself.  I affirm: “My zeal is tempered with wisdom, and I maintain a perfect balance within and without.”

 

 

From Be Ye Transformed  Lent 2017

By Joyce Flowers

I am filled with eagerness, energy, and devotion.  I am filled with zeal!

Like all grandparents, I dearly love each of my grandchildren. But the youngest one has always been special in her verve to connect with us through giggles. She focuses on someone’s face and makes a deliberate effort to communicate through the universal language of laughter.  We learned that she was deaf when she was 18 months old. She cannot hear any human speech. We were stunned to realize all our babble at her was unheard. All this time she has been alone in a silent world.  Nevertheless, as I interact with my granddaughter I see her zeal, her eagerness to bond with us in ways other than language. As we all learn and use sign language, we feel her passion even more to bond with us through her joyful ways. And, as she adjusts to her little hearing aids, her laughter has increased a millionfold.  I am grateful for this blessed child’s example of eagerness, devotion, and love of life, no matter what.

 

 

To download the booklet, Be Ye Transformed Lent 2017, published by Unity World Headquarters, click here.

To download the book, Keep A True Lent, by Charles Fillmore, click here.

 

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