What Would Happen If…?

Posted: January 20, 2015 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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This is an amazingly loaded question. It’s also a question that can go both ways. On one hand it can unlock unlimited potential and on the other can chain us to crippling fear. It all depends on your perspective.

I mean this is a question we should ask as we make choices. The Bible calls it “counting the cost” and in this case it involves wisdom. Asking “What would happen if I…?” could save some people immeasurable pain.

But on the other hand, this question can also keep us from experiencing some really amazing stuff. Fear can be amazingly constructive. It keeps us from doing things that are harmful. On the other hand we can also make all kinds of answers to the question “What would happen if I…?” Fear at its worst is imagination misused. Ask yourself how many of the things we worry about ever really happen?

This dynamic is especially important in the creative realm. I have this fear that there have been many works of creative brilliance that will never be simply because someone answered the question, “What will happen if I create this?” With things like “people will hate it” or “they’ll see I’m not that good” or “people will laugh at me or…” How many of the world’s problems will go unsolved because the person who had the right idea deemed himself unqualified?

So let’s ask the question. What would happen if you created this thing that is on your heart and/or mind? Will some people not like it? Yes, but some people will love it or be challenged by it, or be touched or encouraged by it, by you!

Will some people laugh at you? Maybe. They also laughed at a whole lot of other people before they succeeded.

Will some people see you’re not that good? What’s good? Who is a better singer, Pavarotti or Dylan? The answer is “yes.” Cause who knows? One person will be touched by Pavarotti’s technical prowess, another person will be blown away by Dylan’s message.

What if you just began to create and put it out for the world to see? What if you ignored the haters and created for the people who will love what you do? What if you gave of yourself and bared your heart in the hopes of easing someone’s pain or making someone’s live better or maybe just to say someone out here understands? What would happen if you did that? It would make the world a better place, even if just by a little bit.

What would happen if  you let this question stop you?


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