Occasionally, we all go there… to that place of “what if”. We ask our selves the questions that will take us back in time.
What if I made a different choice?
What if I took a different route?
What if I said something sooner?
What if I did things differently?
What if… what if… what if….
The problem is that “what if” is one of the enemies greatest tools to make us discontent with the blessings God has given to us. “What if” makes us question the blessing, as if it wasn’t good enough. It implies there may have been something better. “What if” makes us look at an illusion of what could have been, instead of appreciating what is. “What if” makes the grass look greener, life look better. “What if” is also a lie.
Because, it never happened. There is no guarantee that things would have turned out anywhere CLOSE to what our “what if” imagined.
“What if” tells us what we want to hear. That some how life would be better, we would have more things, go more places, be happier.
“What if” comes with a price.
If we allow ourselves to buy in to the “what if” and dwell in those thoughts too long, we can find ourselves moving away from our blessings and becoming discontent. And, in some cases, we will move mountains to make that “what if” a reality. It seldom works out that way. That “what if” can end up costing us everything.
To fight those “what if” thoughts we have to focus on the blessings. We have to focus on what is good, noble and right. We have to look to God and say THANK YOU for the blessings I never saw coming!
In our thanks we find contentment, and in our contentment we find happiness, and in our happiness we praise God for seeing and knowing more than we ever could.
And, in that praise, the best thing we can do is share those blessings with others. When we have a peace and happiness that doesn’t make sense to others, they are intrigued. They want to understand what is so different about us.
It is then we can say, in all honesty….
Myself, my life and my decisions may not be perfect… but my God is. I trust in Him, because His word never fails. He gives me the peace that is beyond understanding. He gives me a hope and a future, greater than I could have ever imagined for myself. My God loves me. In His love, His sacrifice… I find contentment, peace and happiness. It’s not that I don’t face trials and obstacles, I just don’t face them alone.