There are days when we wake up and wish we could just stay in bed under the security of covers and a nice warm place to relax. The road ahead for that particular day seems filled with obstacles and temptations that we often struggle with and lose. In the words of the Beatles, it is "A Hard Days Night".
What motivates you to get up to get ready for the challenge? Having to doesn't always work. Wanting to doesn't always happen. Hoping things will work out is not a strategy. What works is finding the Will To Win deep down within our soul and that only comes from preparation.
We are not often born heroes. We usually have to be forged by the fires of battle to withstand the pressure to succeed, so it comes a test of faith for those who believe. The best example outside of Jesus I can find are those ordinary Apostles who did so many extraordinary things. Their motivation was knowing what the presence of God himself among them did to transform them from cowards to courageous. When filled with the knowledge of who He was and with the Holy Spirit, they were unstoppable.
Simply, they had The Will To Win planted in them through years of faith building. As the Bible says, they were "unschooled, ordinary men" except for Paul who found his courage and strength from a personal encounter with God. This will is rooted in doing God's will which is the greatest purpose anyone of us could have. It is living life on the mark, not missing it.
When we know our leader and our purpose and our game plan, we too are unstoppable. So that will becomes a courageous approach to life that says even if you think you have defeated me, think again. Because, no matter what happens, we win in the end.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.