The Power of Zeal
Be filled with spiritual enthusiasm!
Affirmation: I enthusiastically accept my good and go forward to achieve my purpose.
Zeal—The inner flame that burns brightly for all to see.
The disciple is Simon the Canaanite. He represents motivation and the desire to accomplish great things.
The corresponding color is orange, and the location is the back of the head.
By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann
(excerpted from Your God-Given Potential)
“Zeal is the impulse to go forward, the urge behind all things.
“Without zeal, stagnation, inertia, and death would prevail throughout the universe. [A person] without zeal is like an engine without steam or an electric motor without a current.”—The Twelve Powers of Man by Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore
Be Enthusiastic About Life
Charles Fillmore points to the importance of our God-given ability to be zealous, enthusiastic about life and living. He also details the limitation of a life that is lacking in the development of this faculty, comparing the person to “an engine without steam or an electric motor without a current.”
Actually, as with all the 12 attributes, zeal has been given to each of us in bountiful measure. It is simply the failure of the individual to accept this free-flowing abundance that results in a life that is stagnant, limited, “without steam,” pointless, dull, and disappointing …
One who is … lacking in interest and a zest for living is a person who is denying their God-given opportunity to take the high road through life, denying the expression of their innate powers, and interfering with their progressive unfoldment of greater possibilities of mind and body …
Transforming Ourselves First
The same amount of zeal has been given to all. How we accept it and how we work with it determines the way it will work for us—or against us.
Our greatest influence on others will be the result of the changes we have made in ourselves.
Zeal directed solely to selfish, human aims may consume us with its heat and friction. But enthusiasm developed as a spiritual attribute and dedicated to God’s will and God’s work will carry us to mountaintops of spiritual experience and help us immeasurably in the awakening of the other 11 powers …
When first awakened to spiritual ideas, we may be carried away in our desire to transform the world—or even just to change our family and friends. But we must learn to direct this energy first toward transforming ourselves, bringing forth our own spiritual nature. Our greatest influence on others will be the result of the changes we have made in ourselves …
When you are filled with spiritual enthusiasm, you are joyous and energetic, your senses are quickened and awakened to new life, and you have a new feeling of being vitally alive.
A Meditation on the Power of Zeal
By Rev. Bronte Colbert
I am a beloved child of God, shining with the brilliance of the Universe. This is expressed as optimism, abundance, and enthusiasm in my day-to-day living.
If I feel less than enthusiastic or energetic in any area of my life, zeal is an ever-present energy that I may call upon. It ignites my dreams and fuels my life. It fills me from the inside out. As I enthusiastically express the Spirit within me, I bubble over with joy!
I do what I love, and I love what I do. I am vibrantly healthy. I am alive, awake, alert, and enthusiastic about life.
Affirm: My zeal shines from me, lighting my way forward and brightening our world. I glow!