Devotion

Definitions: (1) zealous or ardent in loyalty or affection; faithful; (2) dedicated with great seriousness <as to a cause> (3) very faithful to a religious belief; worshipful; (4) sincere; earnest; fervent; heartfelt

Synonyms: holy; reverent

Too Far: fanatical

Quote: We invest or devote ourselves because the other to which we commit has, for us, an intrinsic excellence or worth and because it promises to confer values on us. We value that which seems of transcendent worth and in relation to which our lives have worth. — James William Fowler (1940-2015) Stages of Faith, The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning {1981}

Comment: One is not devoted unless and until all one’s doubts are removed. We use our powers of logic, intuition, organizing, belief, commitment, and finally faith before we allow ourselves to be enveloped in the fires of pure devotion.

Color: blue

Symbol: lily of the valley