People who are excellent at what they do have enthusiasm. The word "enthusiasm” comes from two words, the word en which means in and the word theos which means God. So to be enthusiastic means you're literally “in God”. If you're in God, then you should be naturally enthusiastic. You should have an enthusiasm that comes from the reality that ultimately you're working for God not for man. When you're working for God and you understand the purpose that God has placed you on this earth for then the work He's given you can be done with enthusiasm.

I am a huge believer in effort. Effort has much to do with enthusiasm. There is an enthusiasm quotient that depends on the person, the situation and the circumstances. But what is most defining of excellence is the effort that is given. Effort is something all of us control. No one can stop you from being enthusiastic. You can stop yourself, but no one can stop you.

You can have circumstances that are discouraging, you can be around people that certainly make life more challenging, but ultimately it comes down to you and your effort. The Bible says in Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart." This is the description of enthusiasm in your job. Those who are enthusiastic work with all their heart they don't work with half their heart. Effort is defined as "wholeheartedness." It is those who give their whole heart to whatever they do.

Maybe you're a student. Your job at this point in your life is to study. You may need to get into college or graduate school, or go to the school you dream of attending. What does effort look like to a student? It looks like working with all your heart in your studies. It doesn't mean, "I like English, so I work hard in that, but I don't like math so I don't work hard in that.”  Students need to understand and appreciate that your enthusiasm and effort has to be wholehearted.

What does effort look like in the home? Those of you that are homemakers have a unique challenge and it has to do with accountability.  Only you know whether you're really working up to the standards, only you know if you're really putting forth the best effort. At certain points it can be seen but in many other areas only you know if you are doing excellent work. But those of you that find yourselves without accountability, you do have accountability to God. You do answer to God for the effort that you put forth, in what it is that God has called you to do.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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