It was a simple question, meant to help us apply the message our pastor had preached that morning. We were at Home group and this was posed to each of us.
I immediately knew my answer. “If I had the money of say, Oprah, I would restore by doing things like buying the house for my friends that they might lose through sheriff’s sale this weekend. I would make sure that letters to Santa were answered in my town and have a semi full of stuff pulled up the Post office to deliver the gifts. I would put kids who are struggling through college. I would do so much!!! But I don’t have the money. “
I had a bad case of the ‘would buts’!
The ‘would buts’ can show up in many different forms.
“I would treat that person better, but they treat me bad too”
“I would lose weight, but I don’t have time to exercise”
“I would read the bible more, but I just don’t understand it.”
Then, in the middle of the night, I heard that small voice whispering
SV: “What can you do NOW to create restoration in the lives of people around you?”So started the journey…what things in the lives of people around me can I restore NOW, not when this or that happens. I have a feeling that God is going to start pointing out some things to me. They may hurt, they won’t be comfortable, but they will bring the greatest satisfaction.
ME: “I told you, I would, but I don’t have the money. If you would just give me the money I could do lots of restoring!!”
SV: “What can you now to restore, without any money, with only the skills and resources that you have?”
So, what ‘would buts’ do you have in your life? Maybe for you its ‘should buts’ or ‘could buts’…but whatever the but, I challenge you to take those word out of your vocabulary starting today!