Zeal

At 94 years old, Charles Fillmore wrote down an affirmation: “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me!” It’s inspiring to think that Charles was sizzling with zeal at the age of 94. Springing forth with mighty faith -- this is the power of zeal in action!

In The Revealing Word, Charles states that zeal’s directive is to go forward. Zeal is the spiritual power within that moves us through any challenges or adversities as we bring a Divine Idea into expression.

When I first heard of zeal being one of the 12 powers in Unity, I thought that it sounded like a rather old fashioned word. I don’t hear too many people using it today. The etymology origin of zeal is “passionate ardor in pursuit of an objective or course of action.” Passion. Ardor. Pursuit. Zeal is the spiritual fire within that moves us forward, enduring through any difficulty that may arise. The color of zeal is orange, which is associated with the inner flame of endurance.

Like each of our spiritual powers, zeal can be used in helpful or harmful ways, ways that are grounded in life-giving possibilities or in life-depleting obstacles. When we guide it with life-giving possibilities, zeal harmonizes, inspires, and motivates us into loving action. But when we guide it with life-depleting thoughts, zeal divides and frustrates relationships.

How are you using the innate spiritual power of zeal in your life? What’s inspiring you forward through your day? Are you fairly sizzling with zeal and enthusiasm as you spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by you?

This month, I invite us to use the power of zeal to ignite our actions. Let’s begin each day with Charles’ affirmation, “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.” Throughout the day, let’s pause and ask, “What’s mine to do here?” And then we go forth powered by that zeal to take action for a better life and more peaceful world.

In the peace of the indwelling Christ,

Rev. Jesse