“God gives life to you to live, and you can either tell meaningful stories or boring stories.” ~ Don Miller
Yesterday, I wrote about breaking past our inner hurdles, in order to get to our Spiritual Tipping Point.
In short, it’s the place where the momentum for God’s change in our lives becomes unstoppable.
Today, I’d like to nudge us closer to our tipping point– by having us ask “What If”.
The “What If “List
This blog, actually came out of a “What If” list I drew up one weekend. I was sick and tired of being afraid all the time, accumulating regrets of what could have been, if only this or that.
I was struggling through my laundry list of “too late”, “too bad” and “not enough”.
Until God said,
“What If... it’s not too late?
What If… the time is now?
What If… I haven’t forgotten?
… What If.. You can? …”
God knows, I didn’t believe Him. Didn’t even dare. For whatever reason, a glint of hope sparked in my dried up heart.
I opened up my notebook, before I could change my mind, and wrote down every What If I could think of.
What would I Do, What would I Change, What would I Start — If I believed God wanted it too?
I wrote and wrote, filling page after page, only stopping to eat and perform the necessary chores. For 2 days.
I was stunned to see, in writing, how much life I wasn’t living.
I decided to take that list and start checking them off. It no longer mattered whether the changes turned out to be winners or duds.
It was all about exercising my faith again– that God was bigger than me and there was room for a real story to be lived.
Five “What If” Questions
Storytellers, when they’re writing their stories, often ask the question what if to keep the story going.
What if my protagonist falls in love, or quits their job, or adopts a kid?
What if you asked yourself a series of these questions?
What if you got out a yellow pad and wrote down a few story turns that you could engage? What if you ran a marathon? What if you renewed your marriage vows? What if you quit your job? What if you brought home a puppy today? What if you and your family adopted a child?
If your story has gotten boring, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself the what if question.
Try it, right now!
Comment below and brainstorm five what if questions.
Keep it real, but do it fast.
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** Faith Barista Jam Invitation: Take The What-If Challenge
Take the next step.
Follow through on at least one item on your What If List.
By next Thursday 4/22/10: Write a blog post to share what happened.
Let’s swap stories. Serve up your shot of faith by writing about: The What-If Challenge
1. Write 300-700 words about what happened when you tried to follow through on one What If.
2. Keep it real.
Next week’s Thursday post will include a section where you can share your post. You will be able to type in the url of your blog post & we can all read your thoughts on The What If Challenge.
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I’m attempting to take my newest “What If” Challenge in real time, here on the blog.
I’m entering a contest and will need your help. The entry with the most votes wins!
I can’t wait to hear your stories! This is totally keeping faith hot & fresh!
Comment below and lemme know if you’re game!
Be sure to catch the previous posts on the series Say Yes To Joy: Step 1: After The Rain: Say Yes To Joy Step 2: A Trip For Ice Cream: What Do You Really Want Step 3: Risky Business: Changing Negative Character Traits Step 4: 10 Ways To Make Rest One Ambition Step 5: The Tipping Point: Why We Watch American Idol
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[ This is an original post to Faith Barista, where Christian writer Bonnie Gray serves up shots of faith for everyday life.]