If I Hear That Question One More Time...

As a mom, I spend a great amount of time answering “what if” questions. What if….we run out of gas? What if….we get to school and it’s cold inside? What if….your debit card runs out of money? My favorite has been, “Mom, what if you stand up in front of everyone to teach and you fart?” Y’all. My kids seriously asked this.

The hypothetical drives me crazy. Almost every single hesitation, followed by a “what if” question is bathed in worry and doubt. Why do we diagnose our every move through the worst case scenarios that play in our heads? Why do we spend precious time in fear of the unknown? Why do we rely on our own thoughts and not God’s?

We fear being misunderstood, set aside, unappreciated and unimportant. And if we don’t deal with this hideous emotion, when God calls us into action we will revert to our core fears:

What if I fail?What if I get rejected?What if I get hurt?

Fear will back us down from our identity, our calling, our passions and our purpose. It will tell us to sit down when it’s time to rise up, to step down when love says to step up and to cower in times that require courage. Fear is not something we were intended to operate out of, it’s a lie. And we choose rather or not we believe it.

If we spend all of our time worrying about the “what if’s,” we’ll miss “what now’s.” God doesn’t call us to a comfort zone, He calls out of one. I will be the first to tell you that the second you take your first step outside of it, you will stand face to face with fear.

The prophet Isaiah encourages us to forsake the thoughts that fear hurls at us. Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon”

Forsake is a strong word, one that implies relation. In order to forsake something, you must have relied on it at some point. It was something you both claimed and maintained. You can’t forsake something that never had a voice and place in your heart. But the good news, is you can forsake it. It will require you to make a decision: Whose voice will you rely on? Where will you lend your ear and direct your thoughts?

You get to choose which “what if” statement you will ask. Can I give you some to think on?

What if….you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13) What if… you are a child of God (Galatians 3:26) What if…you are equipped for the job? (Romans 8:30) What if….our God always causes us to triumph? (2 Corith 2:14)

What if the very thing you are battling could unleash change in this world? What if...