When I ask SWC’s [strong-willed children] who are dedicated Christians what motivated them to surrender their lives to God, I get one consistent answer: We are motivated by the relationship God offers us, not by the punishment we can avoid. In other words, it doesn’t
work to tell us that unless we surrender to God, we will face eternal damnation or hell.
[. . .] God wants each of us to come to Him and to serve Him in a way that enhances the very personality He created within us.
Excerpted from You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded) by Cynthia Tobias
In what ways has your own strong will prevented you from surrendering to God’s will?