Leaving the house on time is never easy when you have kids. There can be many reasons for running late, but for my family the culprit most often is a misplaced pair of shoes. Sometimes, we discover that the missing shoes were taken off during the last car ride home! Other times, we find them under a bed or in the basement. Most often though, they are lost in a giant pile of shoes on the floor of the front hallway closet!
Last week, I decided that I had finally had enough! As I found myself on the floor of the closet rifling through the pile of shoes for the third time in two days, I thought to myself, this is ridiculous, and I began to imagine what could be if I had a shoe rack.
If only I had a shoe rack, then shoes could be organized, children could be ready to leave on time, and frantic searches through the closet could be a thing of the past! The more I thought about it, the more I believed that a shoe rack had the potential to change my life!
This weekend Ben Snyder asked us to answer this question: “What one thing has the potential to change your life?” Often, when we think about our lives being changed or what could be, we include an “IF” in the statement. For example, we might say something like, “Imagine what could be if I had a different boss.” “Imagine what could be if I was more talented in a certain area.” “Imagine what could be if I had a bigger house.” Or in my case, “Imagine what could be if I had a shoe rack.”
Ben taught us this weekend that the difference between our potential and our limitations is how we leverage “IF.” Specifically, the difference between our potential and our limitations is WHO is at the CENTER OF “IF.” Putting God at the center of our if is actually the one thing that has the potential to change our lives.
When we put ourselves at the center of the “if”, it limits what could be. However, when God is at the center of the “if”, the potential to what could be is limitless. In fact, with God our limitations become our greatest potential for purpose.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
Today, our church begins “21 Days of Prayer,” and you are invited to be a part of it. Over the next 21 days, we are coming together to seek God first and to offer him everything that we have. As a church, we want to put God at the center of what could be! Together, we faithfully trust in his power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.
Putting God at the center of our lives is where we get our potential to do great things and to make a difference for him. We do that through prayer and through trusting him with everything that we have to offer.
How are you leveraging your “if”?
What steps can you take to make God the center of your “What if’s”?
Dedicate yourself to growing in the area of prayer.
Participate in 21 Days of Prayer. You can find out more at cedarcreek.tv/21days. (Download the personal prayer guide. Share a request for prayer. Download the parent resource)
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” God, today I surrender myself to you. I give you my personality, my passion, my past, and my placement knowing that you can do more with them than I could ever imagine. Because of you, I have great potential. Thank you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
21 Days of Prayer – Day 1
Today’s Prayer Focus for 21 Days of Prayer: Our Leaders – Nation, State, and City (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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