For most of my life, the words “What if?” carried a negative connotation. When they came to mind, it was a challenge not to imagine all that could go wrong in any given circumstance.
- What if I fail?
- What if I get hurt?
- What if I end up alone?
- What if I’m embarrassed?
- What if I succeed and can’t live up to it?
- What if they all think I’m crazy?
Can you relate?
Well, a few years ago the Holy Spirit said it was time to change all that. One day He whispered, “Amy, I want you to redeem ‘What if?’” As I pondered what He meant, He began a list of “What if’s?” from His perspective.
- What if you succeed?
- What if you really love this?
- What if you’re really good at it?
- What if you discover who you were created to be?
- What if it brings joy and peace and purpose?
- What if you meet others who have the same dream?
- What if you wake up each day excited for what’s next?
As you can imagine, this has revolutionized the way I think. I’m not 100% yet, but I’m learning to catch myself and realign with His perspective. Bringing God’s perspective into the picture always releases hope and opens up new, heaven-born possibilities. If you need hope or vision in any area, stick with me for a minute.
I want to challenge you to go on a journey with me.
For the next eight posts, I’m going to give you a “What if?” question to consider. Write the question down on a scrap of paper and take it with you. Ponder it throughout the day, allowing the Holy Spirit to unfold it for you, personally. Then take some time to journal, draw, dream, record, and share how each question opens up new doors in your life.
Give yourself space to let your thoughts wander. Give yourself permission to think the best. Give yourself the joy and wonder of dreaming bigger than yourself. That’s how God wants you to live!
These two little words have stolen your and my destinies for far too long. It’s time to step into the shadow of our Maker and see the horizon from His eyes. It’s time to dream about all that can go right!
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Since first doing this challenge in the summer of 2017, I’ve started a What if? journal. Every so often I sit down and ask the Spirit to plant or stir up dreams and visions in my mind. I let myself imagine how this dream could grow and expand and change my life and the world. Maybe you, too, will launch into a new “What if?” lifestyle.
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