# Day 315 (When the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!)

A Calvin-perspective never fails to amuse and amaze me with its humorous insights into everyday happenings. When i read this strip in the newspaper today, the phrase that popped up in my mind was “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (At times i wish there was some way to determine by what complex search algorithm this human brain combines and collates such pieces of information!)
It’s a phrase from the Bible’s account of Jesus’ last night in Gethsemane ~
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”
The latter part has now acquired a proverbial status. It’s original usage refers to the fact that even though we may want to avoid temptation, our body—this ‘weak flesh’— may be unable to resist it. But more and more you find people using it to express the fact that sometimes however much one may wish to achieve something, the frailties of the human body often make it impossible for you to do so. We all encounter such moments when there is an apparent disconnect between the instructions being given out by the brain and the actions being carried out by the body. You want to undertake something but just don’t have the strength or energy to go ahead.
Anyone who has had any such experience will so relate to Calvin here… :))

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2 Responses to # Day 315 (When the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!)

  1. NupurNS says:

    sounds like a frequent early-morning-exercise-wake-up-sleep conundrum 🙂

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