When my boys were little, I had to wrap them tightly in my arms to have their vaccinations administered. No matter how clearly I explained the importance of the shots, they refused to willingly submit to the pain, even if it would produce something good in them.
They were too little to know better, but what’s my excuse?
I know how important exercise is to my health, but I struggle with the “pain” of getting in shape. I’ve heard often how veggies are essential to eating well, but it takes more effort for me to find tasty ways to fix them. I understand that criticism can lead to personal growth, but it stings, so I prefer to avoid it whenever possible. I believe surrendering my will to God is always the best, but I hesitate to give up control.
Often I know what is good for me, but don’t do it because there is discomfort in the doing. [←Tweet this.] It is difficult to lay down my will, even for a better cause.
So as I reflect on my walk with the Lord during this Lenten season, I have to ask:
Do I have a willing spirit?
Am I willing to relinquish my will to the One who offers life?
Am I willing to lay down my rights and pick up His righteousness? [←Tweet this.]
Am I willing to do what God calls me to do, even when it hurts? Am I willing to love the unlovely, die to myself to live forever with Him, and bow low to be lifted up?
Am I willing to exalt, praise, and serve the Lord with the whole of who I am, not just a piece of me?
Am I willing…?
Lord, cleanse me from my sins and make me Your willing servant. Amen.
“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:10-12)
Reflections: Who or what are you willing to serve?
Linking with Lisa-Jo and 5 minute Friday where a crowd writes uninhibited for 5 minutes (or a few more) on a given topic. It is a wonderful exercise in letting the words flow. Click the button (icon) to check out more posts or consider linking up yourself. Today’s word is: “Willing.”
Yours in grace ≈