Here’s part 2 of Donald Miller’s What If Challenge post. To refresh yourself with part one, read here, then proceed.
Next, gather a couple of friends, some other couples or sit one evening with your spouse, read this post, pass out index cards and have people write down five “what if” questions. Now here’s the trick…people are going to write down stuff they can’t control, like what if I hadn’t lost my job or what if my wife hadn’t left. Those are great questions to process, but they aren’t helpful for our experiment. The questions you are looking for are “what if I popped the question” or “what if I found my father” or “what if I held a fundraiser” or “what if I broke up with my bad boyfriend.” Those are the questions we are looking for.
Once everybody has written on their index cards, have each person in the group share one or two aloud. Then issue the challenge.
The challenge is to follow through on at least one item on your list. And you must follow through by the next time you meet, because you are each going to report on what happened.
What will unfold, good or bad, will not be boredom, I assure you. Things are going to get crazy. People are going to start talking, because their lives are suddenly going to get interesting.
Here’s the moral of the story, if you will. God gives life to you to live, and you can either tell meaningful stories or boring stories. We can’t wait around anymore for God to make something happen in our lives, meanwhile we shop at Bed Bath and Beyond. The truth is, God gives you wisdom and direction and morality and His presence and support, and then asks you to live, to conquer, to risk and experience the whole of life.
People grow when they are in motion.
So what do you think? Are you up for it?
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