Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought what if? “What if I sold everything and moved away? What if the people at work were nicer? What if I had taken better care of myself?” Playing the what if game can be a powerful drain on our psyche.
I know because I’ve been guilty of living my life smack-dab in the middle of the what if principle. Different circumstances raise my what if levels and, lately, the gauge has been tilting toward the high end.
To those of you who know me, you know that quiet, alone time is something I’ve always treasured. Too much of it, however, opens the door for the what if boogie men to take flight in my imagination. I’ve prayed about finding a solution for this issue and may have found my answer after reading a chapter in Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late by Robert J. Morgan.
In the book Morgan talks about how, as Christians, we should be living our lives in the spirit of as if compared to what if. Wow, don’t you just love how God gets right to the point when He answers prayer? Thank you, God. Now how do I do that?
Making the Transition
Morgan shared the story of an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor named Viktor Frankel. Mr. Frankel said what helped him to survive was, in part, his attitude.
“When forces beyond our control strip us of everything in life, our last remaining freedom – the one that can’t be taken from us – is our ability to choose our own attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~ Victor Frankel.
Hmm, when forces beyond my control…that’s it…that’s me…that’s the crux of the matter. When I realize that I’m not in control of what’s happening in my life, I revert to the what if plan instead of adopting the as if strategy.
Base My “As If ” on Scripture
As if living must be grounded in something real, something dependable, and someone who might actually be able to deliver. For me, it is the Triune God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Instead of worrying, for example, why don’t I live as if God has my provisions under control? Oh, Bev, read Matthew 6:25-33 again and again and again, if necessary.
How many of us get discouraged, frustrated, and hopeless? Why don’t we live as if we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9)?
When I lose my way, why not proceed as if my plans will be established once I commit them to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3)?
There are numerous stories in the Bible that promote the truth of living a life as if. Trust is required, yes, and today I’m trusting as if I
“know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
How ’bout you? Ready to give as if living a try? How I pray that you do!