When I was a young girl, and then a young woman, I was asked a question that continues to impact my life. Are you willing to have what you want?
For me, it’s been a reality check question. Am I ready to do the work to have what I want? Those desires placed within me. Am I willing to do the work it takes to have what I want? Am I willing to walk the path I think God has laid out before me or the path that looks a lot
easier? Am I willing to do the work to have a healthy marriage? Am I willing to do the work it takes to raise kind, loving, responsible kiddos? Am I willing to do the work it takes to have a berry farm? Am I willing to plant and care for a garden? Am I willing to spend the time it takes to build deep and meaningful relationships with my girl friends? The list could go on and on.
This question appeared in my thoughts yesterday as I was thinking about Joshua commanding the people of Israel to prepare their provisions to “go in to take possession” (Joshua 1:11) of their Promised Land. Were they willing to have what they wanted, their Promised Land? Am I willing to go in, and do the work, to take possession of my Promised Land? It’s a good question!
Sometimes with prayer and more thought, the answer is ‘no’! Perhaps that is a sign to go a different direction. Sometimes when the answer is ‘yes’, its with the knowing there s a lot of hard work ahead. But I want the bounties, joy, connection and the fruit that is associated. I am willing to have what I want.
One thing I’ve experienced, the harder the work is, the richer the reward. Are you ready to do the work? Are you willing to have what you want?