Every day I battle the “what-ifs.” I always have, but more so after my husband died. It’s fear and anxiety in the form of the what if. What if I get sick? Who will take care of me? Who will raise the kids? What if the car breaks down? What if we can’t afford a new one? What if growing up without a Dad ruins the kids long-term? What if, what if, what if.
Recently, my mind was swirling with a case of the what ifs concerning this blog, writing and being super vulnerable with all of you. What if I’m being too vulnerable? What if exposing every piece of my heart hurts me? What if I’m sent to slaughter for something I say?
And then my thoughts changed. Because here’s the thing about the what ifs – they can go the other way, too. What if I try to author a book and I succeed? What if I write something and it helps someone feel less alone? What if I put myself out there and it encourages someone? What if exposing my pain, my struggles, my life after loss unveils the purpose God has for me? What if?!
My challenge for myself – for all of us – is to turn the what ifs into possibilities instead of fears. Dreams instead of dooms. A dare instead of a detriment. Because….WHAT IF?!
Let’s do and think big. Let’s grow excited about what God has planned for us, confident that He will “make all things work together for the good of those who love him.” Let’s remember we are strong, because we are surviving, despite grief and loss and disappointment. There’s purpose and promise ahead if we recognize the bravery already inside of us.
What if we believe that there are good things coming? What are you waiting for? Go chase your dream – because… what if you succeed?
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