Am I still, or was I ever, willing to change, progress, and recover from anything?
Webster's dictionary defines willing as: inclined or favorably disposed in mind, ready; prompt to act or respond; done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance; of or relating to the will or power of choosing, volitional, voluntary.
Hmmm… Well, I don’t know about you, but I do not usually choose to change unless there is some kind of uncomfortability. But more often than not, a certain amount of pain! Why is this? You would think by now I would have learned that every time I become willing, life seems to become more enjoyable, and things just fall into place. I am still my own worst enemy; my pride and ego continually get into the way of my growth, manifesting itself in my stubbornness.
Life changes require ongoing willingness, regular re-commitment to the new way of life, and consistent action, for as long as you want to grow. I don’t know about you, but I was taught very early on that I’m either working toward a drink or drug, OR away from a drink or drug. So I, my friends, do not ever want to stop growing.
Everyone knows people who have stopped smoking and started again later, lost weight and gained it back...dozens of times. Every bar serves people who have stopped drinking, for a day, a week, a month or even years and started again. In each case, the person had the willingness and took the action, then became unwilling and stopped taking the action necessary to sustain the change. Why? Change is tough; commitment is tough; immediate gratification is, well, immediate. Willingness to change often means not having all wants immediately gratified. But we must remember and be grateful, for all of our needs will be met as long as we stay in the midst of God’s grace.
So take a minute and ask yourself, “Am I still willing to be willing today?”