Will Power

My life used to be based on will power. Holding things together by the force of my will. Keeping things under control by forethought, planning, and skill. But I was in a fairly regular pattern of anxiety and burnt out.

Jesus’ invitation is to a different kind of will power: ”I will” power. Saying “I will” in response to His leadership.

I still think ahead. I still plan. I still acquire and use skill. But now I know to take the time upfront to worship and catch His vision. And I am learning to stay tuned all along the way for His guidance and enablement.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
And lean not on your own understanding; 

In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
And He shall direct your paths (Prov. 3:5-6 NIV).

When I say, “I will,” in response to the Lord, I accomplish more with less “sweat.” I am beginning to live the way Jesus invited us to live:ballerina

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG).

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