Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Little Etymology

noun. a person who engages in a pursuit, esp. a sport, on an unpaid basis.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator 'lover', from amare 'to love'.

In modern English we usually think of an amateur as a beginner, one who isn't "as good as" the professionals.  In its orginal meaning, however, an amateur was one who loved what they did so much that they were willing to do it for free - without pay - simply for the joy of engaging in the activity.

Is there anything about which you feel so strongly you would do it for free?  What would you do on a volunteer basis because you are that passionate about it? What engages you? I realise, of course, that most of us have to earn a living, provide for families, etc., which usually takes up most of our time.  I do wonder, however, what it would be like if we pursued being an amateur at one thing - just one thing!

Here's to being passionate about something, to pursuing an activity for the joy it brings.  I cannot think of a better way to honour God than by taking delight in a task.

1 comment:

Laughing Lioness said...

I would probably prefer to volunteer for most things - including my current job. If it wasn't for the fact that I have rent and all that stuff to pay, I would so volunteer. Ultimately though, I think I would love to teach kids to speak English...teach people to do children's ministry...serve people that are involved with ministries like Bulembu... You know, that kinda thing:)