The Light of Zeal: The Power of Enthusiasm, Audacity and Devotion

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Food is so much a part of our Sunday experience that I often mention it in my sharing with you. This week’s lunch was a traditional summer meal…hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and tofu dogs on the grill. Along with this was a wonderful salad, chips, watermelon and the accouterments that go with burgers and dogs. Thank you, Maria and the kitchen help for feeding our physical bodies and creating a place for community. Friendships deepen when you have time to sit and break bread together and listen to each other.

Charles Fillmore, Unity co-founder said this at the age of 93, ““I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that are to be done by me today!”

boyThe power I was sharing this week was “Zeal”. Fillmore defines Zeal in the Revealing Word as “intensity, ardor, enthusiasm, the inward fire of the soul that urges humankind onward, regardless of the intellectual mind of caution and conservatism.”

What is the inward fire of your soul…what is your soul’s yearning. How does zeal support this yearning?

Our spiritual journey is a marathon and not a sprint, so we need a zeal that sizzles and not one that fizzles.

There are three components of zeal from the book Divine Audacity, which I am using in this series of talks. They are enthusiasm, audacity and devotion.

Zeal is enthusiasm and enthusiasm is needed for the spiritual marathon.

Audacity is an aspect of zeal relating to our inherent evolutionary impulse. It is a necessary quality for successful human living. Audacity is a strong attribute equally subject to negative or positive interpretation…pushy or presumptuous or spunky and daring. Audacious is when you courageously overcome seeming obstacles in service to a compelling purpose.

And lastly devotion. Devotion is present moment engagement. Zeal isn’t something we look to the future for…it can only be experienced in the present moment. Appreciation of the moments possibilities ground us in zeal. We can appreciate our future potential while living consciously in the now moment.

Here are some steps to support your soul’s yearning…
1. Reflect on your soul’s yearning
2. Cultivate enthusiasm
3. Open yourself to an easy plan…a Divine idea
4. Surrender to the Divine flow

This all comes back to this one BIG QUESTION…WHAT IS WORTH WAKING UP FOR EACH DAY…ponder this throughout the week.


You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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