The ‘What If’ Game (with a twist)

It’s so easy to play the ‘What If’ Game these days.

  • What if I lose my job?
  • What if my child gets sent to war?
  • What if I lose my home?
  • What if I lose my health insurance?

Today, these are all valid concerns. I’m guilty of playing the ‘What-If’ Game.

It may sound simplistic, but adding God to this process changes the ‘What If’ Game to something completely different. God allows us, and encourages us, to replace fear with love.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -John 14:27

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” -Psalm 34:4

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’ Hebrews 13:6

Instead of getting angry at the car that slows me down,  I play the ‘What If’ game – with a twist. “What If…the car in front of me is God’s way of keeping me from being in the accident that is 20 minutes ahead of me?”

When someone is obnoxious, “What If” they just got up this morning and found out someone they love has cancer?

When the clerk at Starbucks doesn’t even notice me for the umpteenth time, “What If” she’s so distracted by her school work  in college that she cannot focus on little ‘ole me? Or, “What If” she’s contemplating all the good she’s going to do with her medical degree once she completes 8 years of college?

I notice the yard down the block is overgrown. Normally, I would assume the person doesn’t have time or just doesn’t want to mow. “What If” that house down the block is unkempt and the yard is overgrown because the occupants are dealing with job-loss, long-term illness, or something worse?  So, why not go mow their yard for them while I have the mower out?

People (me included) tend to assume the worst, especially when we are primarily concerned with ourselves. Jesus tells us to “be not afraid” and that requires us to assume the best. Why not? It puts me in a better mood, I have more of a Christian attitude, and I’m finding that I do more of the Lord’s work when I assume the best by turning my ‘What If”s’ around and aiming them at someone besides me.

Mahatma Gandhi said it best:

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever”

Here’s to letting worry go, turning our ‘What Ifs’ around, assuming the best, and showing concern for others today.


About Angie Kinsey

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Auntie and Student of Life.

Posted on August 23, 2011, in Angie Kinsey, Anji-Kinzy-Whimzy, Inspirational, Religion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I agree 200%. I used to be a big What ifer. Adding God to it changes the whole thing. Great Post. Hope the hay fever is over soon.

    • God seems to be the Key to life. I have to say, I thought I knew God when I was 17 and knew everything…it wasn’t until much later that I actually ‘Got’ the importance of God. It’s so much more than the whole ‘not going to Hell’ thing.

  2. It’s kind of like to me anyway that belief and following the christian way is like having your own little slice of heaven here and not trusting and believing and worrying about every little thing is like a taste of hell on earth.I’ll take the former over the latter any time.

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