What If

This is a good day to trade in your “Whatifs.” You’ve had a constant level of stress coping with them, like the exasperation of trying to avoid school bullies. “What if I fail?” “What if there’s not enough?” “What if they reject me?” “What if something bad happens?” “What if I get hurt?” “What if I lose something else?” Each one can trigger an avalanche of negative thoughts that’ll crush the life out of you.

What if . . . you change the way you view your life? What if  instead of looking at yourself through bitterness, fear, and exhausted self-reliance, you see who you really are in the truth, confidence, and the grace of God’s presence? What would your new “Whatifs” be then?

What if God knows your circumstances better than you, and not one thing in your life has him worried, anxious, or stressed? What if he’s made far greater grace, wisdom, and resources to deal with it all? What if he has a brilliant life strategy for you to discover with him? What if he has more powerful, peaceful, and joyful ways for you relate to your world and everyone in it? What if he’s already factored in all your mistakes and failures into your future? What if Jesus loves you more than you’ve let yourself hope? What if he wants to empower, equip, and encourage you to make this one of the best days of your life?

Take a little time to ask God about your new “Whatifs,” until his revelations become your reality.

“The Lord is always with me, therefore I never need to live in fear of anyone. I will not die in this state of anxiety. I’m going to live, and tell of all God has done. He has made this day, and I choose to be joyful and come alive in it” (Psalm 118:6, 17, 24, paraphrase).

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