Those two words are dream killers, future annihilators, and present reality “deniers”. They suck up energy just to direct it towards a past possibility that is not a present reality or a future opportunity.
Those two words are death to the person who utters them and can ruin the lives of those around them.
Martha (from the Bible) fell into this trap. Her and her sister Mary had just experienced the death of their brother Lazarus. They had sent word to Jesus while Lazarus was sick, but still alive.
When Jesus heard about Lazarus’ illness, He stayed where He was even longer.
Hello? Jesus? Did you forget something? YOU’RE THE HEALER. That’s what you do! Get moving!
At least those would have been my thoughts.
Either way, by the time Jesus shows up, Lazarus is dead. Mary decides to stay in the house cryimg, while Martha comes out to meet Jesus.
Martha’s words are found in John 11:21.
“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'”
There they go again. Right when there’s the possibility for something good, they ambush you. The sneak attack. They lie in wait for the perfect opportunity to strike.
You see, Martha believed Jesus was powerful enough to heal…so she needed Him to show up while Lazarus was still alive.
But raise from the dead? Who knows if Jesus could do that!
And, our response is the same. We wonder what could have been instead of what God can do.
We think that because we might have made the wrong decision about that guy/girl/job/opportunity/offer/school, then we are lost forever, with no chance of redemption.
Jesus responds in John 11:25,
“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.'”
Hello! Jeff? Not only can I heal, but I also have power over death!
I think that’s what God might say to me.
If He has power over death, then maybe your past is not a limitation for Him.
Choose today to erase “if only” from your vocabulary. You and everyone else will be better for it!
Here’s an extra: people’s twitter responses to “if only”
@Meeliza: “If only” is a two word phrase that keeps you in a daydream state of mind where real dreams can not occur until surrender does.
@goldilla: “If only” is a two word phrase that lacks the #faith needed to overcome failure or stumbling blocks. It discourages.
@NoemiChavezLBC: “If only” is a two word phrase that uncovers discouragement rooted in envy!
@aleyylovn “If only” is a two word phrase that keeps you living in doubt.
What has been your “if only”? Feel free to comment!