What If

by Chris Abbey

Matthew West has a song out called “What If”. The words are really cool and they got me thinking about any regrets I might have at the end of my life. 

I remember a man in our choir at the church where I fellowshipped in Atlanta talking about a friend of his who had passed away suddenly. He was berating himself because he knew he should have shared his testimony with his friend but kept putting it off. Until one day, it was too late. He was ashamed that he didn’t heed the call to talk to his friend about Jesus when he had the chance, and now he worried that if his friend wasn’t in Heaven, could he have helped change that outcome?

That confession has stuck with me all these years. Why is it so hard to share our testimony with those we love? We don’t have to spell out the whole Gospel, we don’t even have to have all of the answers. We only have to share about how God has worked and still works in our lives. It’s that simple, we just think it’s hard. All that matters is John 9:25 NIV, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see.” That’s all we have to say.

My best friend’s dad recently passed away, and although his absence in this world is profound to me, I have peace. A couple of years ago, I sent a letter to him and his wife simply telling them about how God worked in my life and how He was carrying me through my husband’s illness and death. I did my part, I obeyed God, and now it was up to God and my friend’s dad what they did with it. 

Face-to-face, phone call, text, letter, whatever you feel led to do, just do it. Know that if God wants you to share about His love, He will give you the courage and the words. They may respond, they may not, but you’ll be at peace because you obeyed God, and you’ll never have to ask yourself, what if? 

“What if today’s the only day I got?

I don’t wanna waste it if it’s my last shot

No regrets, in the end

I wanna know I got no what ifs

I’m running till the road runs out

I’m lighting it up right here right now

No regrets, in the end

I wanna know I got no what ifs” (Matthew West)

Lord, show us where, when, and how you want us to share your love with those around us. Give us the foresight to know when you are calling us to witness and the right words to say. Remind us that we only have to do a small thing, then move out of the way so you can do a big thing. Thank you for opening my heart to receive your salvation. Amen.




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