"What's the worst thing that could happen?"
When faced with a tough decision growing up (or, to be more precise - when I was worrying about a tough decision growing up - my mother would ask me this question: "What's the worst thing that could happen?" And we would proceed to work our way through these hypothetical scenarios that were so ridiculous, we were cracking up by the end of the discussion. My grandfather had done the same thing with my mother over the years - to get her to realize that the worst outcome she was anticipating would probably never materialize.
Well, now I ask myself the same question as an adult, but instead of utilizing it to assuage my fears, I use it more as a challenge. "What's the worst thing that could happen there, Adult Lauren?" (Except that I don't call myself Adult Lauren, 'cause that would be weird.. and we all know that I am totally and completely normal. Ha!) I say it more as having thrown caution to the wind, tossed my hair back, and said, "It'll be fine, whatever happens!"
Just like the time I packed up all my belongings & moved to the other side of the country for this crazy guy from Arizona I had started dating. "What's the worst thing that could happen?" Oh, I dunno, Lauren... He could be an ax murderer with a secret second family, and you could be his next victim!!!! Ahhh!!! (Spoilers: it all worked out though, and we now have two beautiful children together. His ax murderer days are behind him.)
Or what about this boutique business? "What's the worst thing that could happen?" Well, I could lose a bunch of money and my business could close. But how likely is that though? Well, I guess it's pretty likely - especially these days in a Covid world where everything seems to be "spiraling out of amok" (Office reference). But instead, what do I tell myself? Ya know.. it's just money. It's a renewable resource. If this business fails, then I'll just start a new one. It's no big deal.
And that's how I live my life. Because you know what? I know God's got this. He created the universe and He created me, and He's bigger than any obstacles I'll ever face.
Jeremiah 29:11 - 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Romans 8:28 - And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
So I don't have to be afraid of the path I'm choosing, as long as I put God above all else, and am obedient to His Word. I know that if I am acting out of love and Godly wisdom, He will cause everything to work out for the best. And that's why I don't have to be afraid of the worst-case scenario - because He's already right there, waiting to help me if I stumble. And I want you to have the same assurance yourself. Because living in fear & worry, afraid to take risks and chase your dreams - is no way to live at all.
(Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst)