"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve..." (1 Peter 5:2).
The attitude we have about something has the power to radically alter both our perspective and how we affect change in that area. Even when it seems as though we have no choice, we do. Sometimes we feel forced to perform in a situation and we begrudge the effort we have to expend. Instead, we should see it as another way of bringing honor to God. In spite of feeling like we have to, we become willing, not because it's easy, but because we are eager to serve both God and those created in His image.
Are you willing to serve? I know we say we are, but what about when those opportunities come and take a twist and a turn like an unexpected bend and detour in a road, and it's not exactly what we thought or even wanted? Are we still willing? Is our willingness contingent on our control in the direction? Sometimes it does feel like a series of routines and as though our choices have all been taken away. But, we still choose how we respond.
Each day, we have a choice to make. It's more than just an attitude, but a commitment to total surrender unto God. Are you willing to serve? Are you willing to convey an attitude in all things and at all times that validates that commitment to willingness to serve? Never forget, that it's not because you must, but an answer to the even greater question of are you willing. For me...I am willing.