Two Lines from Tennyson

Our wills are ours, we know not how;

Our wills are ours, to make them thine.

— from “In Memorium” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1849

When I call myself “strong-willed,” I think I mean stubborn. But from Tennyson’s humble wisdom, I am willing to change my definition. A strong will is a will that looks to God and His Word and asks, “Is this right?” A strong will is one that tucks away all the snippy comments I want to vent, and instead prays for wisdom. A strong will is weak in other people’s eyes, but it doesn’t care because it is more interested in what God will think.


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