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What If? The Question We Must Dare to Ask Ourselves

Updated on January 19, 2013

Lay It Down

What if?

What if I missed my chance for love, because it's foreign to me?

Or cheated someone of a friend, because I didn't know how to be?

What if I never really live or overcome my pain?

With joy learn how to forgive or shirk from any strain?

What if I fail to love my Lord, not seeing other's needs?

Or fall quite short of His reward, by choking out His seeds?

What if I give up all I've got, yet quit before I'm through?

How will I change what I am not seen face to face with you?

What if I measure all my life by what I've gained not lost?

I never had considered then, but now I count the cost?

What if I don't fulfill Your will, to you I will account?

Or live down in the valley when you want me on the mount?

What if I feel I've let you down, not giving way in all?

Or demanding my selfish way, instead of heeding Your great call?

What if Your love sometimes frightens me, so I want to run and hide?

And the little girl inside me cries, when Your arms are open wide?

What if?

Are You Ready for a Change?

Have you ever asked yourself, "What if I had done this differently? I have, and when I did, it wasn't to condemn myself, it was to re-evaluate what was important in my life.

At any given time in each of our lives, we have the freedom to ask ourselves, "Where am I heading, and am I on the right road?" In my life, I have sometimes questioned the direction I am going, or have gone because of regrets I have had about how I handled things, or people.

When I take time to reflect on my actions, and the people I have in my life and why, I grow. I have never been one to shirk the difficult moments when the realization comes that something is not working well in my life. If nothing changes, nothing changes.

It is remarkable how much of a rut we can get in by just going along day in and day out without reflections on what is important to us. For me, that sometimes changes, although I value relationships, some of the ones I have worked to maintain have not only been difficult, they have been stifling. Of course my most important relationship is my connection to my Creator.

This poem was written as a matter of course correction, on a day when I was inspired. It was a moment when I sat down and asked myself what was the motivation for my decisions, to serve myself or others. Life requires balance for us to flourish. I recognized change was necessary.

I continue to ask these questions as a gauge to my accountability for producing something beautiful with my life. I am not afraid, just seeking assurance, I have been complacent and even obstinate at times, not welcoming the hardships that produced serious change and growth.

These questions shook me loose from a "stuck" place and called me forward. Most often it has been to something bigger than I imagined, in which more trust was required. As a result, my personal sphere of influence was increased and I have become richer in the things that matter. This is what I live for, to know and to be known, fearlessly!


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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you so much for your comments Sparklea, you offered a whole other dimension of thought. And you are right, as a mother, when I fell short of being what I probably could have, God filled in the gaps. What a blessing, have a beautiful day!

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      Sparklea 6 years ago

      I think we all have regrets about how we have handled things or people. Thanks for mentioning that. So often I pray to God each morning, "God, don't let me waste this day!" And then I do. I fritter away the hours. But on days when I DO accomplish I FEEL SO GOOD! I believe the verse in the Bible, "God will restore the years the locust has eaten." Somehow I am able to make up the time wasted. I call that a miracle. Thanks for a very wonderful write up. Sincerely, Sparklea :)

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you Phdast7, appreciate the comments, and your interest.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good, probing, and searching poem. I like it lot.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks again Ms. Kerlynb, you are a gem. You understand. I appreciate you and your enlightening comments. Have a blessed day!

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      "What if I give up all I've got, yet quit before I'm through?" - Regrets, regrets. The most frustrating thing for me at this point is to look back and realize that I didn't do what I could have done and was supposed to do. So everyday, I try to do what I can to live my life to the fullest :) Voting this poem beautiful and up!