Have you ever asked that question in regards to some aspect of your life?
If you’ve already arrived and have no need to grow, then this blog post isn’t for you.
But I’m guessing you haven’t.
I know I haven’t.
So no matter who you are or where you are it’s one of the best questions you could ask yourself.
And you should ask it today.
A “What if?” question is pregnant with possibility.
Once you ask it, you’ll start to wonder.
“Could this really happen? Is this really possible? Wow, what life would be like if…”
Then you’ll quickly experience a tension. And it’s painful to wrestle with.
This tension is so strong that millions of dollars have been left on the table. Relationships that could have been haven’t. Businesses were never started. An invention never developed. A book never written. An apology never said. A difference never made. A God never explored.
It’s the tension between an idea and action.
You don’t have to be brilliant or clever to stir up an idea. And you don’t have to be strong or disciplined to step into action.
You must only wonder your way into wander.
What if instead of thinking you had to have the perfect idea and plan of action, you allowed the wonder of your idea to compel you to wander into action?
Don’t worry about not having a detailed plan or a stellar track record in the past.
Simply wander into doing something about that possibility you sense.
Make some kind of move even if you don’t know why or what you’re doing. Even if it’s aimless.
Take a baby step in the direction you long to know more about or desire to be true for your life.
I don’t know the exact “What if?” question you should ask yourself. But below are several to give you an idea of some you could ask.
What if life’s not all about me?
What if I switched my college major?
What if I tried harder in school?
What if there’s more to life than living the American dream?
What if there is a God?
What if I could beat this addiction?
What if I was a better father?
What if I was a better husband?
What if I went on a diet?
What if I ran a marathon?
What if I wasn’t in debt?
What if I invited my neighbor over for dinner?
What if I wasn’t so empty inside?
What if I went for what I’ve always felt called to do?
What if I got a new job?
What if I apologized to my friend?
What if Jesus really is who he claimed to be?
What if __________?
So. What “What if?” question do you need to ask?
Don’t wait until tomorrow or 20 years from now.
Ask it today.
Begin to wonder.
Move into wander.
Then tell me a year from now how thankful you–and those who know you–are that you asked that simple question.