Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done
"THY will, not mine, be done. "
My will is to play with earthly toys. Thy will is to work with heavenly tools.
My will is to be comfortable: Thy will is to be useful.
My will is to indulge the flesh: Thy will is to build up the Spirit.
My will is to criticize and condemn: Thy will is to sympathize and help.
My will is to proudly speculate and theorize: Thy will is to humbly study and learn.
My will is to leave the work of the Truth to someone else, while I "seek my own things":
Thy will is to be "always abounding, sharing that which was given me"
My will is to wallow in childish self-pity: Thy will is to "rejoice always."
My will is to complain about trials and troubles: Thy will is to count up all the joys, knowing that tribulation teaches patience.
My will is foolish talking and jesting: Thy will is gracious and compassionate speech.
My will is to lay up baubles on earth: Thy will is to lay up treasure in heaven.
My will leads only steadily downward, to sorrow and death: Thy will leads ever onward and upward, to eternal life and joy.
"Thy will, not mine, be done."
By Bro. G.V. "Rene" Growcott
As I read this prayer, I cannot help but think that we miss out on "life" when we limit ourselves to our own will. Yes, we experience something called "life," but it is not at all what it could be. As we pray the Lord's prayer with earnestness, or pray this prayer above, and as we surrender ourselves to God and his will, then we will begin to experience more and more the wonders of Jesus' words, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10)."
Peace be with you!