“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (MSG)
This past weekend, Pastor Phil taught the concept of “What if” to the children’s ministry. When we think of this simple phrase as an adult, it always goes with negative thoughts. What if I didn’t do that? What if I didn’t lie? What if I would have trusted God? But what if this phrase “What if” is a good thing? What if God uses this to help us think of others and love others? What if He is using this to challenge us to follow Him, and stop us from doing things that are going to hurt us, not help us?
Ever since Pastor Phil taught this, God has been asking me “WHAT IF” in my brain. It is such a powerful thing. What if you do exactly what the Holy Spirit is asking you to do? Not something you want to do, but following what God wants you to do. What if you wake up 15 minutes early to talk to God and read His word? Do you think that He will take care of you during your day when you are exhausted? What if you stop and ask your spouse how their day was and really listen? What if you sit and play with your child instead of looking at social media? What if you are taking time out of your day to call a friend and see how they are doing? What if you just stop and tell a person who helps you how thankful you are for them? What do you think things would look like? Life might be more peaceful, stress and worry might just fall off. You would learn to trust God more because you followed Him in the “WHAT IF’S.”
Today, ask God to help you in the situations that He presents to you. If you start to say I’m too busy or that’s not for me, ask the question to yourself, “What if” I did what God is asking me to?