Do you ever ask what if?
What if we had world peace? What if everyone on Planet Earth had enough to eat? What if we totally eradicated the HIV virus? What if all kids had a great education? What if we could actually make politicians vote for people’s needs, not their own agendas? What if …? No, this is not a “Miss America” pageant, and all our ills seem to trace back to humanity’s choices somehow. Regardless of how hard we work to cure these afflictions, it doesn’t seem to get any better; we keep choosing poorly.However, what if we were able to exemplify God-like traits toward one another? I don’t mean “play God” like “Bruce Almighty”. What if we acted with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness to everyone we meet, and displayed self control in our choices? None of these qualities are easy to pull off by ourselves. To show love, administer peace, and act with patience and gentleness it’s difficult to live this way even when we’re alone! But what if we could? What if there was a way that spoke truth and acted with love as a norm? What if there was a life we could live that would make a difference with Earth’s problems beginning with our own hearts?Well, there is! Every one of these attributes come to us with grace, free gifts from God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Each day, He exhibited love toward humanity; brought peace on Earth, and demonstrated infinite patience with everyone He met. He still stands with His Father, God Almighty, and speaks words of compassion, mercy, and justice about you and me.And here’s the outrageous truth: All you have to do is ask for it. Respond to God’s free gifts by opening your heart and inviting Jesus Christ, who’s as real today as 2,000 years ago, to join you on your life’s journey. That’s it! It’s not about “religion” nor is it about acting “religiously”. It’s all about heart and soul; it’s all about changing your mind and starting again with a clean slate. It’s all about having the bravery to admit you and Planet Earth need help. Each day, God somehow sends this message to us: “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For God is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait on Him.” Isaiah 30:18.Got the courage to live beyond yourself and your wildest dreams? What if…?Gary Wingo leads a study on Jesus Christ Sundays at 9 a.m. in EdwardsVail, Colorado