Coming into willingness, not willfulness

I am beginning the third slender volume by David Benner called Desiring God’s Will. It is part of a wonderful trilogy that deserves to be read slowly.

This quote for today:

The motto of willfulness is “My way or no way.” Because of this, willfulness leads to death, not freedom. It is an act of rebellion — the residue of the unredeemed two-year-old who continues to sit in stubborn defiance in a dark corner of our soul, unwilling to let go and let be. In more distinctively Christian terms, it is the unwillingness to offer the prayer of release taught and modeled by our Lord: “Not my will, but thine be done.”

 

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