“I did not grow up in a black church. I grew up in a bunch of white ones. Maybe racial privilege blinded us to gratitude. After all, we deserved good things and success. The American dream was ours. God gave it to us. Saying thank you was polite recognition of that fact.”
— Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass
The word enthusiasm comes from ancient Greek—en and theos, meaning God. And the related word enthousiazein means “to be possessed by a god.”
The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Everybody’s life really consists of small things. Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.
We want to jump up and down, clap our hands, and sing that Jesus is Lord.” My question to such groups is: “What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? What practical consequences does that have for the problems of this world?”