With Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28
Deciding on a matter, or choice, along with the qualities of willingness and commitment are the cornerstones of this month’s power, the Power of Will. If you have ever made a New Year’s Resolution or decided to cut out a habit in your life that was no longer useful, you have probably encountered the sometimes-frustrating human concept of willpower. In our humanness, we often struggle with setting a goal and then convincing our mind, heart, and body to comply. Our willpower is often at conflict with our willfulness – unruly, stubborn, contrary – which can leave us feeling as though reaching a goal or making a change is somewhere near the crossroads of Impossible Road and Never Gonna Happen Lane. This is where the good news about spiritual versus only-human power comes in handy!
Thankfully, the Power of Will is not simply willpower. The Power of Will is contained within each of us as part of our spiritual nature. It is ours. We do not have to look outside of ourselves for its activation. However, we do need to carve out time each day for quiet time, reflection, and inner guidance sourced from our divine connection with God/Source/Divinity. The Power of Will asks us to make a choice, be willing to stay the course, and actively commit to the steps that lead us to our chosen destination.
Our Power of Will comes into play when we feel an exquisite yearning for where we have not yet arrived. We feel our Power of Will being activated by an aching to be more than we previously thought we could be. When we ask ourselves questions such as, “What am I longing for?”, or “What is missing in my life?”, we are well on our way to activating our Power of Will. Our desire often springs from dissatisfaction with the status quo of our current lives or a deep knowing that we are ready to move on to the next level of who we have come here to be.
Over the next month, our youth ministry lessons will examine each quality of the Power of Will – Choice, Willingness, and Commitment. This week, we will begin with the concept of Choice. By examining where we currently spend our time, we will begin to craft our plans for employing the Power of Will to reach our chosen goals. To think about in the week ahead: What choices do you make each day about how to spend your time? Are you happy with your current choices? What, if anything, is missing from your life? What do you choose for yourself this week – wellness, health, strength – and what are you willing to do to achieve your goals?
Check this space each week to join us on our journey! Here’s to consciously choosing our path in the week ahead!