We ALL have a LONG list of "If Only's".  We spend a large part of our life saying "If ONLY!"

If ONLY I had not had that LAST bowl of ice cream---3rd candy bar---next helping of french fries, entire bag of M&M's, extra helping of dessert, and on and on---

If ONLY I had stopped and played with my children more when they were young.  A clean house could have waited--we could have eaten sandwiches, the leaves could have been raked tomorrow, the tax return could have waited, I could have turned off the television.  

If ONLY I had studied more, my GPA could have been higher, I could have gotten into that post graduate program, I could have had the career I really wanted, I could have had more job opportunities.

If ONLY I had traveled more--seen more of this beautiful country, seen the entire world, sailed the seas, climbed those mountains.

What is more important are the eternal "If Only's".  If only I had been courageous enough, taken the time, stepped out in faith and talked to _____ about Jesus.  We were talking about sharing tonight in Small Group and why we do take the opportunity when it presents itself.  After thinking it over, I decided the fear of altering an important relationship or fear they will no longer listen stops me many times.  Why?  It is a lack of faith and trust.  IF GOD opens the door---and nudges me---time to put the fear aside and trust Him.  Better an altered relationship--than the consequences of not sharing when given the opportunity.  How much would I regret it--IF I missed that window---and could only later say "If Only".

"But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,"
I Peter 3:15

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  1. There is a beautiful young single mother at our church now because someone from our church spoke about Jesus with her in the walmart checkout line! Inspiring!


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