Monday, June 11, 2012

Willpower or Real Power?

When I hear the phrase "just pull yourself up by your bootstraps" I want to scream. Have you ever felt that way?  Or are you the person that gives that advice to others?

Doesn't matter.  We're all people and we all live in a world that threatens to destroy us in some way at some point.  Everybody has their different "demons" as they say.

You may have a lot of money and/or power.  Problems come with that.  Perhaps you have no money and are alone.  Problems come with that as well.  It seems that nobody is free from potential emotional damage...whether you want to admit it or not.

"Pull yourself up by the bootstraps" as I mentioned above, is a popular phrase.  Or perhaps..."just do it".
Nice and concise.  Too bad it's easier said than done.

I said I don't like those phrases...but why?  I guess it's because those things rely on willpower and that requires energy...and you know what?  That's okay.  For a while. But eventually our energy gets sapped.  We are drained.  Then what?

Rest.  Go on a vacation.  Buy some new clothes.  Remodel.  (Or, for the people who can't afford that at the moment - re-arrange the living room or bedroom).

Being the creative,versatile people that we are, we will think of something.

And then...

We do it all over again.  Live life.  Eventually the problems return and we "pull ourselves up by the bootstraps" just one more time. . . and the cycle continues.

Willpower is amazing.  We have so much more of it than we realize.

We can go on the crazy willpower roller coaster ride for the rest of our lives - with those little breaks in between to keep us going - or we can plug into some real power.

But what is the Real Power and how can we plug into it?

The real power is found in Christ.  When we are connected to Him we can experience real power.  Healing power.  Incredible power.

So what will it be for you?

Willpower or Real Power?


Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Shay! Our journeys have a way of circling around for sure but LIFE, STRENGTH,LOVE and JOY are in Christ our LORD. I've tried to post before but I had problems with your site allowing me! I hope all is well with you! :)

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Shay, yes I've had great difficulty trying to post this message. Your page is stuck and when I click on it and try to move your page down to read the rest of your post I get a message at the bottom of the page... is not responding Recover Webpage and when I do I'm asked if I want windows to check for problems or close webpage. I had to do this a bunch of times maybe 8 or 10 times before I coule make this comment. I'm not technical...I don't know what to tell you so that you can get this fixed. Don't stop posting....your so very encouraging. I sure hope this large note gets posted!! Otherwise I don't know how to contact you!! Be blessed! Keep writing. I hope others will be tenacious and let you know that they are reading what your writing!