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Charles Schwab once said “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” Paul noted that Israel had zeal but were without knowledge (Romans 10:2). We applaud and follow people who are enthusiastic about what they do. It is infectious. We need to feel enthusiastic about the gifts God offers to us and remove the mind-set that we are not deserving of any gift from God. Although that is certainly true, He already knows that and He is the One who offers the gift regardless. We can read about that in Romans 5:6-10.

Zeal is good, but it needs to be properly directed. That requires self-control and the willingness to learn and study. No matter what our life’s endeavors may be, show excitement, but add knowledge to direct your enthusiasm.