"If you could go back when Howard Hughes was starting TWA..." The question jarred me. A man was being interviewed on the news, and that little two-lettered word jumped out at me.
"IF" could be the abbreviation for "Imagine..." It opens the gateway for our minds to run amok.
Can you fathom what our world would be like had just one thing gone differently?
One tiny moment in history. One decision. One hesitation. One sentence...
Adam hadn't asked Eve, "What's for dinner?"
IF animals could still talk? (Yes, many theologians believe the animals could talk in the Garden of Eden. Eve wasn't surprised at all when the serpent spoke.)
IF the Mayflower sank?
IF the South won the War Between the States?
If Lincoln hadnt gone to Ford's Theater?
If Germany won WWI?
If you had actually married your kindergarten sweetheart?
It's Memorial Day weekend. (Other nations call it Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.) Hundreds of thousands of women and children have wondered how different their lives would be IF their beloved one hadn't paid the ultimate price for our freedom. My deepest thanks and most sincere thanks for your sacrifice.
I do know we would all be lost had Jesus not paid the ultimate price to redeem us.
Because of Him, we are free from sin. Because of warriors, we are free to speak as we think and worship as we wish.
IF I'm going to honor those gifts, it means I need to speak more thoughtfully and worship with sheer abandon.
If we all did, what kind of world would this be?
And I'd like to share a German saying: "Life has one ending; only a sausage has two."
But since it's Memorial Day Weekend, and we have hot dogs on the grill, let's pretend we can look back or imagine an alternative. We'll have a little fun and enjoy the second possiblility.
Please, add to the "What IF?" list. I'd love to know where your minds wander when you get to imagine anything and everything!