What If’s … a reflection by Patrick Miron

 

The Extraordinary Possibilities of “WHAT IF’s”

A reflection by Patrick Miron

Dear friends in Christ,

 

What If: you won the Powerball?

What If: you could be [??] again?

What If: Could live your life over?

What If you could change my world?

What If: you never had to say “I’m sorry”?

What If: ………………………

My dad, long past used to tell me that “I could be anything; do anything, accomplish any goal if; …   if I were willing to pay the price it demanded.” And I have found that to be largely true.

So friend, how would you respond to changing these if they were {many are} real changeable possibilities?

Which “What If’s” in our lives are still changeable? Can still be altered to get the desired or hoped for results? Think positively; God’s on your side.

Am I fully-satisfied with all my family relations?

With my friendship relations?

With my employment and its relationships?

With my physical, mental, emotional condition, as much as I can affect them?

With my Spiritual relationship with God?

With my Spiritual relationship with my family and others?

God does not promise us a tomorrow; so there is an urgency; an unknown time limit that we have to make the changes in our lives that will make us better persons, and also improve the lives of those around us; and even all the lives we touch, and  of critical importance, to seek His Truths.

What does God want from me, expect from me, demand of me, Hope for me?

My own life experiences have taught over time me to believe and rely mightily on Divine Providence. This a firm belief that God, not Me, is in charge. Every person that crosses our life path is an opportunity to make a good impression. Everything that happens, from the insignificant to the Life-Changing, has God’s imprint upon it. It is either willed by God or permitted by God for one of two reasons.

  1. So when we choose the good over the evil, God is Glorified {Isaiah 43: verses 7 &21], and we are sanctified [graced].
  2. When we choose the evil over the good, God is still Glorified for having given us the opportunity to choose the “good.” But we lose the opportunity to be sanctified.

 Definition of providence

1a often capitalized : divine guidance or care

b capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny

My friend, there is no such thing as “luck” either good or bad. Coincidence in non-existent. Happenstance is a myth to explain what we don’t immediately understand.

Our all-knowing God aware of how simple minded we are gives us only two choices: [1] we’re in charge [2] God’s in charge. And the responsibility can’t be shared or split. So which is it going to be? You or God?

That personal decision is where to begin to dramatically change your “What If’s.” This will most likely cause an immediate noticeable change though it might. More likely you’ll have to retrain how you think; how you make decisions. It will likely be a road of failures and successes. But if we persevere prayerfully and in humility; slowly the successes will exceed the failures; and eventually become a very good dominate habit.

Two key’s to accomplishing the changes we desire upon careful objective reflection, no matter what stage of life we are in, are a disciplined prayer life and humility. No Saint has ever attained heaven without this habit and this attribute.

If we are to accomplish the changes we deem necessary or beneficial in our lives, and the lives of others, we must rely on God’s Provident care of us, and love for us.

“0 sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou wilt;
will not regard the way through which Thou wilt have me pass,
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guidest me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.

Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Savior,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining why Thou dost this rather than that;
but I will blindly follow Thee
according to Thy Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.

Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing except as Thou incitest me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.

Amen!
By Saint Jane Frances De Chantal”

 

“What If’s” are possible when we ask God, and permit God to be in charge. Amen!

What If you could   ………………………?

Blessings,

Patrick

 

 

 

 

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