This question crosses our minds from time to time. It’s a question that can be used to motivate us and it’s a question that can be used to freeze us in our tracks. It’s a question of which dreams and accomplishments are born and of which status quo and “same old, same old” are birthed. It’s a question that can be a blessing or a curse.
“What if?” can be a curse because it can allow fear and uncertain to grip our hearts and minds. It’s a question that can provoke us to think of everything that can go wrong with a decision we are facing. It’s a question that can provoke us to make a list of all of the negative things that can happen and retreat to safety, stability and comfort. It’s a question that can breed cynicism and pessimism and rob of our joy and happiness. “What if?” can be a question that can derail us and distract us from what God is calling us to do.
“What if?” can also be a blessing to us. It can allow us to dream about what life can be and what changes we can make. It’s a question that can prompt us to envision a different life and what it would take to get there. It’s a question that can provoke us to try new experiences, new foods, new hobbies and new opportunities. It allows us to look at our current situation, evaluate where we desire to be, and then take steps to bridge the difference. What if allows us to try new things, experience new things and see growth in all areas of our lives. What if can be a question that gives us direction and focuses us on what God is calling us to do.
We have one life to live for the glory of God. It’s a gift He has given each of us. This life shouldn’t be lived recklessly and wastefully. There are times and situations where we should proceed cautiously and slowly, and other times where we don’t need to proceed at all. This life should also be lived with a sense of adventure and wonder as we dream of what God has in store for us and the ministry, He is calling us to do. “What if” allows us the freedom to dream, to plan and to implement those plans and do Kingdom work that will be a blessing to our community and ourselves, as well, as we see God working through it all.
Let’s trust God and seek His wisdom and His direction as we dream, as we think about the future and as we ask, “what if?”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6