A lot of us feel that in order to lose weight or get in shape we just need more willpower. When we start a new diet or fitness plan our willpower level is often high. But then we sleep through our early morning alarm and skip our workout, or someone brings in donuts to work, or we get discouraged when the scale isn’t changing as much as we think it should… Before we know it, our willpower has faded.
Dr. Phil McGraw said, “Willpower is a myth. The problem with trying to use willpower to achieve and sustain a behavioral change is that it is fueled by emotion. And as we all know, our emotions are, at best, fickle. They come and go. When your emotions start running down, and they will, even your best laid plans will fall flat”. We can’t always trust our emotions.
Joyce Meyer said, “Willpower is your best friend when things go well, but it’s the first friend to check out when we get weary”. Willpower has many high’s and low’s, and can change based on so many different circumstances. The problem with depending on our own willpower is that it makes us look to ourselves instead of God. We need to be spirit-led, not willpower-led. We can become so “self-sufficient” in our lives that it may feel like we don’t really need God. But when we trust in only our own abilities, we will fail. We were not created to do everything on our own, God truly does want us to depend on Him.God knows we need Him. John 15:15 tells us that “apart from me you can do nothing”. God has placed a “God-sized” hole in our hearts that only He can fill.
To get more willpower, we need to plug into THE power. Only God is our true sense of power. His love never fails. He never quits in the middle. We need to ask God to find our “want to” for taking care of ourselves. There is a saying about “If you know your why, you will find your how”. God loves us so much that He wants us to come to Him with everything,even though when the subject seems to be very small…
Father God, Thank your for all that You have done in my life. Thank you that Your promises are true, and that You are always there for us. Thank You for taking such good care of us. Remind us to come to You first. When we put You first, the rest of our lives will literally fall into place. Than You for loving us. We worship and adore you.
In Jesus name,