I’m willing to put in the effort. Well I’m a couple of hours behind, but I’m still willing, at least my spirit is willing but the flesh wants to skip this and go right to chillaxin’. The flesh is the flesh! It can only and always be weak. So what’s a man to do? Staying willing is work! A willing spirit is not necessarily a working spirit. Being willing means using the mind to control the circumstances or situation. Am I willing to do whatever my calling demands or requires? I am willing but my flesh is weak and I know that! I also know how to fix that, thanks to one Paul of Tarsus, “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (NLT)
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickinson
Day 3 PM
This is somewhat unexpected. I can feel a shifting, quite delightful and spiritually stimulating. Shifting from being “willing to” to “wanting to”. I wanted to begin writing tonight. When what we will to do, out of commitment or obligation becomes what we want to do, our job is now a joy and every task an opportunity to triumph.
Paul of Tarsus spoke about the Creator being present in us both to will and to do His good pleasure. This might be what the Ancients would call “bringing purpose to life”. Seems simple enough. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I am so intellectually stimulated by such a simple premise, that the more one wills to do a thing, the more one wants to do the thing he wills to do. If the journey promises more of this kind of shifting, just rename me Jimmie and I’ll take all you gimme!
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” Albert Einstein