40. WITTY Principle, "What Is That To You?"

WITTY principle is based on John 21:2 "Jesus said to him, 'If I will that he remain till l I come, what is that to you?'" when Jesus challenged Peter to follow Him. The challenge was direct, defiant as it changed the path and life of Peter as he knew it, and urged Peter to change his daily expectations of the future awaiting him.

What is defiant joy? Big, thought provoking question. Knowledge of something challenging you need to get through to get the wonderful goal. Think of a mountain hike. It's long, hard and strenuous. When you reach the summit, you get to be very proud of the hike you accomplished. You dirty, stinky and delighted in yourself! You made it! The view takes your breath away. The memory of the day remains as the one you are proud of. Kind of like life, isn't it? What about all the years of schooling/career/work/raising a family you did to get where you are at now? You had to put on defiant joy; pushing determinedly, to pass through those exams, or those long hours, lack of sleep, pushing yourself physically, emotionally and mentally to get to the other side. Did you invite God to act on your behalf?

How do you live out your own defiant joy? There needs to be a certain determination in you to go forward regardless of obstacles to reach the goal, what ever it may be. Certain kind of inner strength that is ready for the battle; whoever and however it occurs. Winning the battle changes you identity. Winning a few battles or a big one molds you. Who are you molded by? Who can you lean on?

Long ago, a woman I know had a horseback riding accident; a very severe one. She lost 40 pounds through this accident, and became so skeletal any physical demands could have led to heart failure. She gained strength through the Lord and her loving family, friends and colleagues close to her. The defiant joy grew when she chose whose she is. She chose to follow the King instead of listening to the countless voices around her telling her she couldn't. This defiant joy grew - enabling her to go forward step by step and finally recover. It wasn't easy! She struggled, became depressed, tried, failed and tried again. Through countless failures she chose to watch God act on her behalf. She adopted the WITTY principle, questioning her own actions and trusting the King to guide her. The trials gave her the defiant joy and strength to go forward. Resilience was born through her trials.

The WITTY principle can build resiliency in you! What I mean is when you choose to question your own actions and invite the Lord act on your behalf, He will build your identity rather than having it molded by others. Being molded by others can cause resentment. Holding a grudge against people in your life makes you bitter. Forgiving them frees you.

When your identity is being built through the Creators love and guidance, then you can choose to discern your life in the confidence of His trust. You can then adopt the WITTY principle. Not toward others, toward yourself! Simply allow God to act on your behalf. Isaiah 43:2-3 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, nor shall the frame scorch you." What this means is that He will be with you and will protect, lead and love you. You are the glorious Bride of the King, after all!

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