Have Thine Own Way

Adelaide A. PollardLately we’ve been singing many of my old favourite hymns in both our morning and evening service at church. This one is especially meaningful for me.

Wikipedia says, “In 1902, Adelaide A. Pollard, a hymn writer, was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary but found herself unable to raise the needed funds to make the journey. Greatly discouraged, she attended a prayer service one evening and as she sat there, she overheard an elderly woman say “It really doesn’t matter what you do with us, Lord, just have your own way with our lives.” The elderly woman inspired Pollard and she contemplated the story of the potter from Jeremiah 18:3 and, upon her return home that evening, wrote all four stanzas before retiring for the night. Five years later George Stebbins wrote a tune titled “Adelaide” to accompany the text.”

This version is sung by one of my all-time favourites, Jim Reeves.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

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!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

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!

Some might say its message flies in the face of all we hear these days about being our authentic selves, and master of our own destiny. I have never believed I am in charge of my own life and my own future. I need clarity in seeing where I am standing in my own way, but HE is the Captain of my ship, the Master of my life, and the one who shapes my future. Everything I read is filtered through the Scriptures, and is subject to HIS wisdom, HIS sovereignty, HIS plan for my life.

To one who does not know Him as Lord and Saviour, the message in this hymn may seem harsh. To one who knows Him, it is the only way to real fulfillment and peace in life. To serve Him, and bring glory to His name is an honour and a blessing.

I have had the privilege of knowing Him for 50 years.

© Willena Flewelling


  1. That’s some pretty awesome thoughts you’re sharing Willena!

    And i for one couldn’t agree more! We may think
    we’re the masters of our ship, but clearly someone else has a more divine plan for our time here!

    Although I’m familiar with Jim Reeves, I’d never heard that particular hymn before. The piano melody reminded me so much of the type of songs sung by the late great Patsy Cline!

    Thanks so much for sharing it!
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  2. Ian Flewelling says:

    That is a special song. I do like Jim Reeves singing, any of his singing, but him singing that one IS very special. ♫God leads His dear children along♫

  3. Ohh what a song to bring back memories! I remember hearing this song at my grandparents, as well as singing it in church. I appreciate the reminder! Life can be hard as it is but the reminder is always welcome.
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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Becky. 🙂
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