So often we want things so bad. We want to be successful. We want our children to excel in all they do. We want to do great things for the Kingdom. But is our want consistent with our will? Or does one supersede the other? There are times when rejection, disappointment, even failed attempts seem more numerous than our achievements, but these are the times that reveal which “w” is forging the way.
Let’s take a look at both and then you tell me what you think…
When I googled “want”, these are some of the definitions I found:
- to feel a need or a desire for; wish for
- to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire
- to be deficient by the absence of some part or thing, or to feel or have a need
As I looked deeper into the word, I realized some things that set want apart from will:
Want is often based on emotion. When want is the decision maker, our minds can be easily swayed. Options become an option. Approval is sought after. Opinions matter. Want shrinks in the face of adversity. Want can be delayed if necessary. Want does not require the same level of commitment as will. Want is easier to walk away from.
Then there’s “will.”
Some online dictionaries define will as:
- The ability to control yourself ; strong determination that allows you to do something difficult
- Expresses determination, insistence, persistence, or willfulness
- Purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination
Now personally, I have found will to be:
A mindset. Will tells want what is optional and what is obligatory. Will is prepared to sacrifice. Will goes without sleep when necessary. When will is in control, you will push through, break through, kick in (I think you know what I mean!)….if you have to. Will does not allow you to give up in the face of adversity. Will does not sit idly by and wait for things to happen. Will is an initiator, while want is a recipient. Will trumps want every time when you understand that want is not enough. Will shows just how bad you want it!
Now I do believe want is the predecessor to will. Yes, you have to want it, but will gives you the fortitude to hang in there and endure through the process.
And for all of those who are still not convinced, replace will with want or want to in the following sentences.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God……” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (Read the entire chapter. It will be worth it!)
Now that should make you see want and will in a whole new light. Aren’t you glad we don’t serve a passive God? Won’t He will????
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