Are you a “what if” thinker?
What if I’d done this? What if I hadn’t done that?
It’s called “second guessing” and it’s defined as . . . criticizing or questioning the actions or decisions of (someone) often after the results of those actions or decisions are known.
That someone is typically me, although I have been known to apply it to those closest to me when their choices affect me.
I’ll admit, I can turn “what if” thinking into a fine art. Often reliving days and moments wondering what I could have or should have done differently.
What if I hadn’t said that? What if I’d been more patient? What if I’d tried harder? What if I were braver, stronger, less fearful, more confident, less of a procrastinator, more fun…
Then there’s the worry side of “what if.”
What if this or that happens? What if I can’t? What if..?
If you can relate to the defeating cycle of “what if” thinking this week is for you.
We’re going to turn “what if” on its head by using Scripture to find positive ways to bless our lives, marriages, and families with positive “what if” ideas guaranteed to bless us and help us love our lives.
Just maybe we can use those two little words to improve our present and our futures.
I’m excited . . . so, let’s get going.
30+ “What If” Questions that will Make You Love Your Life
What if I completely trusted God’s love?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5–6
What if I believed God is for me?
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even his own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Romans 8:31–32
What if I started living to glorify God instead of trying to please everyone else?
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
What if I was created for “such a time as this?”
God began by making one man, and from him, He made all the different people who live everywhere in the world. He decided exactly when and where they would live. Acts 17:26
What if I rejected fear and started living boldly?
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
What if I lived forgiven and guilt-free?
So now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty.That is because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death. Romans 8:1–2
What if I stopped worrying?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
What if I believed I could really ask God anything?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6
What if I believed God hears and answers every prayer?
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Psalm 138:3
What if love really is the greatest command?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37–39
What if I trusted God’s mercy and stopped feeling guilty?
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. Psalm 103:12–13
What if I have more to celebrate than I realize?
Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them. For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8–9
Practical “What if” Questions to Help You Love Your Life
Just some things to think about…
Who knows they might inspire you to make a few changes. They’re helping me!
- What if I smiled more?
- What if I took a break from the news and social media?
- What if I went outside and took a walk?
- What if I spent more time with people I love?
- What if I said “thank you” more often?
- What if I forgave quickly?
- What if I listened to understand not reply?
- What if I asked God for wisdom?
- What if I refused to compare?
- What if I embraced change?
- What if I laughed more?
- What if I helped more than I criticized?
- What if I ignored negative comments?
- What if I loved my neighbor as I love myself?
- What if I just stopped to breathe?
- What if I stopped agonizing over my flaws and imperfections?
- What if I stopped procrastinating?
- What if I counted my blessings?
- What if I thanked God for the good and bad and all I’ve learned?
- What if I loved my life?
I’m done with negative “what if” thinking. Well, at least I want to be done. It’s hard to give up old habits.
But with God’s help, and I always need His help, I will do better to make my “what if” questions positive and motivating.
I can’t change the past and it does me absolutely no good to worry about the future but I can make today better by laughing more and loving more.
And I’m pretty sure that will help me love my life more.
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