What if? This is the most common question we all come across before making any decision. What if I don’t get the job? What if I get rejected? What if I never reach my goals? What if I never get married?
Today I want to go deeper into the what if question. What if everything written in the Bible is all true? What if there is a heaven and hell? Would you choose to live your life different than you are living now? How would it impact the choices you make and the goals you pursue?
We all die, and yet, we often live our lives as if we knew how much time we have. We take for granted next week, next month, and next year. No one knows how much time we have left except for God. So what are you waiting for? Why do most of us make the mistake of saying “I won’t be happy until…” whatever that is. But God wants us to forget our yesterdays and to not be anxious about tomorrow. He wants us to be in the present moment and be joyful and peaceful regardless what our circumstances are.
What is the best way to live? In my opinion, the life that Jesus invites us to in the Gospels is the best way. Honestly though, I have asked myself the question of what if it isn’t real many times, but if I’m so convinced that this is the best way to live is because the last 25 years of my life without following Christ was a lot tougher to get through on my own than what it is now with Him.
I still have my struggles, and fear creeps in at times, but I’m a lot more active and intentional of what I do and say now because of the confidence He gives me. I used to put myself in situations that I felt weren’t right, and was involved in relationships that weren’t good for me just so I wouldn’t be alone. I didn’t set boundaries which eventually lead people to walk all over me just because in my mind, all that mattered, was that everyone else deserves to be happy, but me. I thought I could change people by me saying yes to their every need and showing a “godly character,” except I also forgot to guard my own heart.
The Gospels have not only given me a better way of living, but it also has helped me accept myself for who I am. It has lead me to be surrounded by so many new friendships that I’ve never had and are now a family to me. So, even if it was all made up, I am so grateful to have a much better lifestyle now than what I had before. In the end, doing life with Christ, is a choice we all personally have to make, daily and hourly. None of us will ever be perfect, but at least we can be better than what we used to be.
So, what if this was your last year, month or week to live? Will you live for everyone else’s happiness or yours? Will you continue on with an unhappy relationship that will eventually cause you to sin? Can you choose to satisfy your soul rather than your fleshly desires and stop feeling condemned by your actions?
Being honest with ourselves isn’t always easy, but it sets you free…
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.” ~Psalm 143:10