The following is an excerpt from an excellent article by Caroline Saunders, I love the descriptive terms she uses for what Peter calls, “joy inexpressible and full of glory,” in 1 Peter chapter 1. Passion, wonder, fascination, amazement, freshness, are what we must regain, and if we don’t have it, we must pray for it, we must read the Bible for it, hang out with others who have it, in short – find a way to love God with your whole heart and soul and mind!!. Get it and then share it.
“Recounting the gospel story blandly should make us consider whether our hearts have been recently jolted by its impact. When we store mediocre things in our hearts, mediocre words spill out our mouths. Because we have a responsibility to be gospel storytellers, we have a responsibility to cultivate hearts amazed by grace.
We can reclaim personal wonder by coming to the Gospel stories with the questions journalists employ upon discovering a fascinating news story: Who was involved? What happened? Where did it take place? When did it take place? Why did it happen? How did it happen?
Intrigued by previously dismissed details, our minds will encounter a reinvigorated, multi-dimensional account. Inevitably our excitement will spill out as we talk, and we’ll recount the elements with freshness rather than formula.
Personal wonder also equips us to tell the story more powerfully, with owned insight rather than borrowed phrases. It will compel us to rehearse the story and its implications in our individual voices, leveraging the minds, personalities, and perspectives God has entrusted to us.”
You can find the rest of her article here: