According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, it defines willpower as “having the ability to control one’s actions, emotions or urges.” Willpower requires much effort, mindfulness and consistency. Our willpower can be reactive and fluctuates based on the challenges life throws at us.
Life does have its fair share of uncertainty and instability. However, I am a planner by nature. I love to be organized. I’m well equipped with my calendars, diary and a packed command centre at home with multiple reminders and sticky notes. Don’t judge me now, I just really need to make sure my life doesn’t fall through the cracks and I’m on my A-game.
There are times when life throws you a huge, I mean GIGANTIC curveball and things have just gone haywire. Teeth clenching, hair pulling, feet fidgeting, unnerving thought-provoking type of situations. I’m sure you can relate somehow. My natural reaction is to get into problem-solving mode, how can this be mitigated and for it never to happen again? In a perfect world, your solutions would be seamless and effective. Executed without a fault, never to reoccur or even happen in the first place. In reality, there are some situations that are absolutely out of your control and have you at a halt.
It took me a while and many lessons to truly understand and appreciate that. Out of a dark place, God led me to my now favourite scripture taken from Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his ways but the Lord will establish your steps.” It’s truly a humbling and powerful word. It’s a gentle reminder of who truly is in charge and at all times. He has power over all things. He is our source and we are distributors of His light.
We can be amped, get spontaneous and plan away! The big day, that birthday party, overdue vacation, new business, budget whatever it may be. At the end of the day, it is His will that will reign supreme. Place God at the forefront and centre of your life and all that you hope to do. Pray for His Will to be done and for enlightenment as to what you should do especially in those periods of instability and uncertainty. “He must increase, but I must decrease,” James 3:30.
Lord, help us to recognize and appreciate your great power. You are the Beginning and the End and You know all things. Help us to trust You and Your timing as Your plans will always supersede ours. You always have greater in-store beyond our comprehension. Out of adversity and opportunities, You will forever get the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let us live extraordinary lives with Jesus!