In the spirit of Amy Carmichael’s thoughtful booklet If, I started to think What If…
- believers really lived according to Scripture—the Book we claim to believe?
- we prayed as a first response?
- we talked about the Gospel as often as we talk about the weather?
- we embraced God’s will with higher priority than our will?
- knowing and worshipping Him became more important to us than getting things from Him? Or, getting things done?
- we answered kindly and acted for the well-being of our crabby neighbor or our incompetent server?
- we were patient and friendly when inconvenienced…especially while driving?
- we thought about our spouse’s concerns before our own?
- we thought about our enemy’s concerns before our own?
- we really believed that God put our president into office and that He had a good purpose for doing so?
- we prayed primarily for things of eternal value?
- we had more passion for Christ than we do for sports?
- we gave more energy, time, and money to serve Christ than to entertain ourselves?
- we longed for something better than a fairy tale life?
- today is the last day I’ll get to speak with that friend, family member, or coworker?
- tomorrow everything I own would go up in smoke?
- God would post a YouTube video of my thoughts for the past two days?
- when everything goes wrong, I would respond as though God’s grace really is sufficient for me?
- thanksgiving was a habit of mine?
- I cared about the souls sitting next to me and let them know in ways that were meaningful to them?
- I purposed to cooperate with God’s solutions for my local church?
- someone seriously sinned against me and I forgave them at great personal sacrifice (as Christ did for me)?
- instead of mentally and verbally rehearsing people’s faults, we rehearsed Scripture?
- instead of worrying about the future, we rejoiced in God’s sovereignty?
- instead of mourning over loneliness, we were grateful for Christ’s eternal presence?
- instead of seeking my own way, my heart sought God?
- instead of fitting Scripture into my counsel, I sought God’s counsel in His Word?
What if I…
- really wanted to know to what extent I was wrong?
- accepted and honestly considered how I might correct my part of a problem?
- asked someone’s forgiveness without expecting anything in return?
- gave sacrificially?
- understood who I am as a child of God in Christ?
- really accepted that I will never be worthy of His grace, but that He gives it to me anyway?
- truly believed that, in Christ, I have been raised to abundant life—not misery—for all eternity?
- lived with hope in my Savior rather than in my journey?
- welcomed trials as useful gifts from the hands of a faithful God?
- thanked God for the troublesome people who push me into closer relationship with Him?
- yielded my heart and mind to God?
- sought Christ more than explanations?
- honestly admitted my part of the mess?
- let God—not pride—lift me up?
- discerned the right questions and studied God’s Word to learn His perspective on them?
- watched, believing that Christ might come today?
- saw myself as I really am?
- loved truth more than comfort, power, or self-esteem?
- sought God (not just advice, information, or emotional balm) through His Word?
- honestly discerned error and faced Truth?
- learned to pray (not just how to pray)?
- learned to speak truth into my culture?
- loved as Christ loves, so that I care more about people’s souls than about how they affect me?
- had the mind of Christ, so that I care more about how God sees my enemy than what my enemy thinks about me?
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What additional “What ifs…” would you add?