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Little babies seem to have it from birth, but it needs to be molded. Adults can either use or lose their will, and they have much to do with the way children exercise willpower. Like any gift we may have, it is within our ability to stir it up and use it, or lose it. It is also very important that our will be properly directed toward a good goal. Gifted musicians, artists and people who make us marvel at their deeds are driven by their will to create, practice and pay the price for excellence. Some would say that excellence in such things as music is 5% talent and 95% work. Willpower and diligence is needed and developed in work.

When Jesus taught His followers to pray, He included the phrase, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Luke 11:2). God promises to give the gift of eternal life to all who obey Him. When a follower strives to conform their will to that of God, they are walking the path that pleases God and will bring about great changes in them. If our effort were not important or the task was impossible, God would never ask it of us. Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother” (Mark 3:35). We have will power and God has allowed us to make choices freely. He will not impose His will on mankind, but He will never give His priceless gift to a person who stubbornly refuses to obey Him and change. Use that gift of your will daily to conform to the will of God. Exercise it so that it is strengthened. Change your life.