What If?

March 4, 2015  - By Gretchen Saffles

The Lord has been challenging my heart lately with this question. I dug up this post from last fall and was convicted and challenged once again. I pray that you are as well as we ask ourself the question – what if?


Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, wrote a short, powerful book called “If.” I recently read it along with my quiet time and ended the book with one more question in mind: What If? Throughout her book Amy Carmichael lists “If” statements that lead us back to the depth and richness of calvary love. I keep asking myself, what would our lives look like if we really did what Christ told us to?

What if we walked on water, trusting God to keep us above the waves and do the impossible?

What if we cared for the orphan and the widow, no matter the cost?

What if we got on our knees everyday and interceded for others?

What if we listened more and talked less?

What if we filled our minds with Scripture and words of life instead of fruitless words from social media?

What if we used our area of influence to further the gospel instead of furthering ourselves?

What if we didn’t judge or criticize one another, but rather filled each other with life-giving words?

What if we didn’t compare ourselves with one another but stayed focused on what God has called us to do?

What if we lived with eternity as our home and we are simply sojourners passing through this world?

What if we gave more than we received?

What if I went to the throne of grace before I went to others with my problems?

What if we did hard things joyfully and for Christ?

What if we didn’t fear failure and embraced our weaknesses?

What if we did the small things with purpose?

What if we ate, drank, slept, talked, laughed, traveled, dreamed, purchased, gave, learned and sang to the glory of God?

What if we loved fervently and covered the sins of others?

What if we extended grace instead of requiring forgiveness?

What if we outdid each other with honor?

What if we worshipped every moment and not just Sunday mornings?

What if we died daily to ourselves to live to Christ?

What if we preached the Gospel unashamedly?

What if we encouraged one another while it is still called Today?

What if we never complained?

What if we replaced worry with joyful trust and belief in Christ?

What if we lived like Jesus called us to?

These are the questions I keep asking myself. What if? I want these what if’s to become a reality. What if we encouraged one another to be like Christ? I’m in. Join me, sister.


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  1. I am with you. xo beautiful post.

  2. Cpearls94@yahoo.com says:

    I love this. So encouraging.

  3. Landkswanson@gmail.com says:

    So sorry to see your etsy store is closed and I cannot belatedly order a journal…. Had to wait for payday. 🙁

  4. Gretchen – Your heart is extremely beautiful! The questions you pose and thoughts you share are heart-stirring.

  5. the.music.girl93@gmail.com says:

    This is so encouraging to read! I yearn to walk this way before God and I am so blessed that there are others with the same heart.

  6. lavidutei@yahoo.co.uk says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! The beauty in your post just caused my heart to tremble. To pause, to think deeply, to listen, to ask and now to apply to myself. Thank you so much for such a convicting yet challenging message.

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