Last Wednesday morning around 6:15 a.m. I had a question come to mind while washing dishes: What would happen if we allowed ourselves to think, “What If?” more often and dwell on/consider some of our creative ideas? No judgments, no requirements to follow through on these brainstorms or wanderings. Would our outlandish notions or seemingly unobtainable goals become more reachable in our minds and hearts if we just allowed ourselves to dwell on them for a bit so they become a little less … threatening?
(Side note: If you ever find your ideas stymied by busyness, exhaustion, or just the daily demands of life, doing dishes seems to be a good way to get the ideas flowing again. At least it seems to work for me.)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I become so absorbed in ticking through life and getting things done that the easy answer seems to be to simply stay the course, not allowing myself to ponder possibilities. So this exercise of thinking through the “What Ifs” could be a good thing for me, and maybe it could be for you as well. I’ll aim to do this weekly, and hope that eventually it will be a catalyst for a few people.
This week I’ll start with a What If that is a little more benign, but one that would have impact:
What if, monthly, I hosted a group of people who sponsor kids through Compassion, World Vision, or Food For the Hungry? We’d spend some time writing letters to our sponsored children and have some fellowship in the meantime.
The potential result? These kids in faraway places would hear from us more frequently (well, that’s how it would be in my case!) and be reminded regularly that they are loved and supported. They’d be less likely to lose hope. And as Wess Stafford notes in his book Too Small to Ignore, nurturing hope is a key approach to ending poverty.
What will you allow yourself to think “What If?” about today?