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3 WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE UNPREDICTABLE

By September 2, 2013 2 Comments

What-if

We drive ourselves crazy asking “What if?”

What if she gets sick?”

What if the company gets sold?”

What if they change their minds?”

What if she lied?”

What if he dies?”

What if the stock market tanks?”

What if I can’t get a good paying job?”

What if? What if? What if?

3 Ways to Deal With The “What If’s” in Life

1. In the face of what you cannot know or control, resolve to do what you can – pledge to be present and to care.

Give your word that, as far as it depends on you, you will be there for others and for the life and work you have in common.

“I will!” is stronger than “What if?”

2. “I will” creates an island of certainty in an ocean of uncertainty. Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Are you looking for inner peace? Trade your “what if’s” for His “I will.”

Make Jesus’ words personal.

Write your name in the blanks – “I will never leave _____ or forsake _______.”

That’s Jesus’ promise to you.

3. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; its facing fear and moving forward anyways. After you put your own name in the verse and make it personal you may still feel “alone” or “forsaken.” This is where faith comes in.

Move forward in faith. Act as though God will make a way…because He will for you.

Act your way into courage rather than waiting for the feeling of being courageous to act.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

APPLICATION: What’s your story of a “what if” that was trumped by an “I will.” Please leave a comment below.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    My what if is often one of two answers.
    “I have to” is one. I have to do this for his or hers sake. It is so hard because you neglect your own situation. You have to in order to bring him or her through with you. O it is hard! BUT
    When you realize that God says “I will never leave you or foresake you….”
    You known HE will bring him or her and me through, you say I will.
    That is only because you have been able to move from “I have”to “I will”.!fully knowing and experiencing God’s leading, presence and healing.
    My Dad took a scripture from Timothy that I sing to myself often.
    FOR I KNOW WHOM
    I HAVE BELIEVED
    AND AM PERSUADED
    THAT HE IS ABLE
    TO DO WHAT I HAVE COMMITTED
    UNTI HIM AGAINST THAT DAY

    I think that is it.
    In our weakness HE IS OUR STRENGTH!

    So folks, as Pastor Bob says

  • bob jones says:

    There’s a great truth in that song and in the verse. Moving from “I have to” TO “I will” is healthy. Its freeing. Thanks for commenting, Carole.

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