If I could go back and change the things that have happened to me, I would not. I am the person I am supposed to be because of those things.
If I could feed all the hungry in the world, I would. I cannot, but I can feed one.
If I could take away everyone’s pain, I would not. I would be hindering their opportunities to grow.
If I could hold my daughters’ hands and steer them away from trouble or hurt, I would not. I would impair their dependence on God.
If I could stop my marriage from going through bumpy times, no matter the size of the bumps, I would not. I would be cheating me and my husband out of our relationship.
If I could make all the money in the world, I would. I would not keep it to myself, though.
If I could hold someone’s hand and let them know they are loved, I would. I have.
If I could get others to see themselves as being worthy, valuable, and enough, I would. I would give them God’s eyes, so that they could see themselves as He sees them.
If I could write words that would touch, help, or inspire one person, I would. I believe I am.
“If I could” holds many dreams and fantasies. It also holds many consequences. If “If I could” does not lift anyone up, it should probably be a “I don’t think I will.” If it prohibits growth and learning, it needs to be revised.
What does your “If I Could” look like? Does it steal anything from a person? Does it exterminate growth? Does it help someone feel loved? Does it encourage instead of discourage?
If I could glorify my Father in all things, I would. I will.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT