Adelaide Pollard, a saintly woman and Christian mystic, deeply desired to minister in Africa. Frustrated by an inability to raise the required funds, her own plans failed to materialize. However, inspired by the selfless prayer of an elderly woman she had met, Adelaide gave up her own will in submission to God’s and wrote the hymn “Have Thine Own Way” in a single night. These two wonderful verses aid our hearts in desiring complete consecration to God. They define a yieldedness to his will that can change our very being and reform our character until it reflects only Christ.
“Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me, after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway.
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always living in me!”