Nike notwithstanding, I think it is more often than not that people give up and say “I just don’t have any willpower.” I can’t resist the ice cream calling my name in the freezer. I’m sorry I am late, I am late for everything. I really want to quit smoking, gossiping, overeating, and all of the other really bad habits I have, but I don’t have any willpower.
You aren’t unique in your lack of willpower. None of us really have willpower on our own personal habits, or vices, we need to change.
Self -control is required. Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
With the new year approaching, rather than trying to exercise your own personal willpower in the never-ending cycle of New Year’s resolutions, try a new approach. Pray for the fruits of the Spirit. Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you down the path of change you need and desire. That He will provide the self-control you need.
I will be the first in line to start praying.
I ate more junk during the holidays this year than ever.
I am getting older (not old) and have many aches and pains. I need to live healthier and I have 48 years of proving that my own willpower won’t cut it!
There is so much God has given us to do in this world. I pray I won’t waste another day, another year. I pray for a Spirit-filled New Year – for you and for me!
Happy New Year!