God’s Word for Today: Will. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Yes, this has got to be the best use of the word will, ever. “I will”, is such a good positive statement. I hate to see it ever replaced by “I will not”. I suppose that is why the creators of our English language came up with the word “won’t”. That way, “will”, can remain something that is positive and uplifting.
This second day of the new year is already determining the success of “I will”. Or, the failure of “I won’t”. And maybe, one can get by clear till Monday to hang in there with the newly made New Year’s resolution.
If you think about it, a New Year’s resolution is so very much easier if it includes “I will”. That means you are taking a step forward. I will be happier. I will be more patient. I will spend more time with my family. I will pay more attention to my better half’s needs. Lots of I wills. Lots of feel good and make better things.
Even if you claim to never make New Year’s resolutions (because they are a waste of time, or too easy to fail at, or whatever excuse), you can’t help but think that there is something you want to do better this year.
But, if your New Years’ resolution (or unannounced little thought in your brain) included a “I will not” or rather, “won’t”, you probably have a long row to hoe. Generally, this includes eliminating a bad habit. I will not smoke anymore. I will no longer drink. I won’t eat so much. I won’t make the same mistakes I made last year. Won’t is difficult. I “will not” can almost be pushing the door on impossible.
If one wants to make a change to a more positive in your life, then your mission statement needs to be positive too. As in, I will overcome my nicotine habit. I will enjoy life with more water, juice, and good beverages. I will abstain from those things trying to destroy my life. I will ride my motorcycle more. (Sorry, I just had to include that little statement. Personal thing.) But hopefully you get the jest of what I am trying to say. If you want 2016 to be positive, throw out the negative goals and grab on to some positive “I will”.
Philippians 1:20. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Three wills in that verse alone. Isn’t it great!? I will in no way be ashamed (past actions, present declarations, and future work for God). I will have sufficient courage. (No doubts, no fears, no excuses). And, Christ will be exalted in my body (people will see Christ in my daily life and hopefully want to be a part of it). Good stuff right there.
You see, each and every day you have a choice. Are you going to do the will of the world, are you going to do your will, or are you going to do God’s will? Three choices, guaranteed, three different outcomes.
Maybe 2015 was a year you dedicated to the world’s will or even to your own will. How did that work out for you? Or, maybe 2015 was a year you started taking a glance at what God’s will is for your life. Only you, know exactly where you were headed in 2015. That, is gone, terminal, no longer. No longer will you be ashamed of any steps you took in the wrong direction last year. Hopefully lessons were learned, and there might be a mess to clean up, but all in all, if somewhere between then and today you have decided that God’s will is the priority, things will get better.
Second day into 2016. If you already blew up your “I will” for the year, don’t wait till 2017 to start over. God is ready for you like, RIGHT NOW! All you have to do daily is declare your desire to do God’s will. At first, it will be a struggle. Everybody and their grandma is going to try to convince you to do different. They do not want to see you succeed in doing God’s will, because then they have to look at themselves in the mirror. Always, I repeat, always remember, it is between you and God.
Today, keep it simple. Not your will, God’s will. Work on that today. We will look at tomorrow when it comes. Today, God’s will…………………….
Prayer: Dearest Lord director of all Good will. Forgive me for the days I chose to follow my will. With a little glance back in the past, I realize my will is not the best plan. Today, I want to do your will, God. I know you have something Great and Good planned in my life. I also know that the only way I am going to truly realize your abundant blessings is by doing your will. Thank you for looking past my faults and mistakes. Thank you God for believing in me and my ability to do your will. In Jesus’, who followed your will from birth thru resurrection, name I pray. Amen.