Turn Your “What If” Into “So What”
by Hannah Keeley
We’ve all been there…
What if the diagnosis is bad?
What if we can’t pay the bills?
What if I lose my job?
What if the scholarship falls through?
What if we can’t sell the house?
It happens to all of us. We’re wandering along life’s path, as happy as you please, then out of nowhere, we trip and fall into this black hole where we are plagued by the unknown. Suddenly, our head is spinning with all the “What if” scenarios. Of course, none of these scenarios have actually happened, but somewhere in our thinking we rationalize that if we put enough mental energy toward playing them out, it may benefit us by being prepared.
What a lie!
Playing out the “what if” scenarios only does two things…
…one, increases your stress level; and two, robs you of time and energy you could be putting toward a more productive use.
Our lives are made up of moments, and none of those moments should be wasted in anxiety. Stress serves no purpose at all. Intellectually, we all know that, but for some reason, we just. can’t. stop.
So, what do we do?
I’ve always found the best way to combat a question is with another question.
When the “What If” questions start to plague you, just conjure up another question–“So What?”
What if the diagnosis is bad? SO WHAT? The doesn’t mean my God is no longer my healer. That isn’t the last word in this process. I still have authority over my body. Jesus still took my pain so I could live healthy. I can make decisions right now to alter my health.
What if we can’t pay the bills? SO WHAT? That doesn’t mean my God is no longer my provider. I’m not going to sleep outside tonight with an empty stomach. I can change my spending and saving habits right now to make a change in my finances. People have overcome worse; and with my God, I can overcome anything!
What if I lose my job? SO WHAT? My job was never my source anyway. My God is my source, and He has infinite wealth and resources. He also loves me and promises to never leave me nor forsake me. Shutting this door will only open one that is bigger and better.
What if the scholarship falls through? SO WHAT? If my child is supposed to be somewhere, there is no power on earth that could ever stand in the way. God promises that generations that come after me will be blessed so I can just leave this situation in His hands, knowing all his ways are loving and faithful.
What if we can’t sell the house? SO WHAT? Maybe you’re not supposed to sell the house. Maybe God has a better opportunity for you that He can’t reveal to you yet. God promises to bless you in your home. So where ever that home is, God’s blessing and favor surround you.
Do you get where I’m going with this? Save the stress and strain for those people who do not have a relationship with God. When you became a follower of Jesus Christ you said “goodbye” to fear and “hello” to faith. Now, don’t let anyone or any thing ever snatch this peace from you! He promises peace that passes all understanding, but He’s not going to force it on you. He’s a gentleman. His peace is there for the taking–grab hold of it and never let it go!
And when those “What If” questions start haunting you, just combat it with another question–SO WHAT?
Now I want to hear from you. Have you been plagued with “What Ifs?” If so, I’m declaring over you right now that you are walking into peace and freedom. Fear has no place in your life.Leave a comment below and share your “What If” but make sure you include your “So What” and let your faith speak!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!