The Difference Between Willingness and Capability
In the religious tradition I grew up in (and in society as a whole), there was and is a strong focus on the will. The phrase that best embodies the idea of the will is “Just do it.” Nike — just do it. Nancy Reagan — Just say no. It’s quick, simple, and has the appearance of common sense. “I’m really struggling to stop drinking.” “Well, it’s important, isn’t it? Just do it.” “I’m starting to have serious questions about God and faith.” “Just keep believing. Belief is a choice.