Five Minute Friday — Willing

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. We are, as she so cleverly states, the people who know writing is a constant battle against the critic in our own heads.

This week’s prompt is WILLING. So, the timer is set … so here goes. {clock starts now}

We’re a resilient bunch. We get ideas. We set goals. We execute them.

But, in between the thinking and the doing is an integral element — will. We have to have the will to transform that idea or goal into reality. We must be willing to make the sacrifices needed and take the time to execute the plan. It doesn’t happen haphazardly. It takes planning. It takes effort. It takes determination. It takes will.

It doesn’t matter what the goal is. It could be purely secular or it can be spiritual. We can have the best ideas or intentions, but if we are not willing to do what it takes, it will never come to fruition.

Will is purely subjective. It’s ours. We can’t rely on anyone else to provide it. We have to be willing to do the work to make it work.

As I said, it can be an idea. But it could also be a step into the mission field or even a committed step into the Word. We have to be willing to make that commitment. We have to be able to take that first step of faith… STOP

… What are you willing to do? For your God? For your country? For your family? For yourself?

Well, that’s what popped into this mind this week.

By the way, Lisa-Jo’s first book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom, will be available in just four short weeks at

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: To overlook the little things in life is to miss the biggest part of life itself.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Willing

  1. Popping over from Five Minute Fridays. Such good thoughts here. Happy to have found you 🙂


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