Exposing the "If Only I Had" Factor
When young F.W. Woolworth was a store clerk, he tried to convince his boss to have a ten-cent sale to reduce inventory. The boss agreed, and the idea was a resounding success. This inspired Mr. Woolworth to open his own store and price items at a nickel and a dime. He needed capital for such a venture, so he asked his boss to supply the capital for part interest in the store.
His boss turned him down flat. "The idea is too risky," he told Mr. Woolworth. "There are not enough items to sell for five and ten cents." Mr. Woolworth went ahead without his boss’s backing, and he not only was successful in his first store, but eventually he owned a chain of F.W. Woolworth stores across the nation. Later, his boss was heard to remark, "As far as I can figure out, every word I used to turn Woolworth down cost me about a million dollars."
Sometimes we can relate oh so well to Mr. F. W. Woolworth’s boss. Our life can be hampered by the "If only I" factor! We all have those "If only I" moments when we should have –
ü zigged when we should have zagged
ü zipped when we should have zooked.
How many "If only I had" do we bemoan in a lifetime?
ü If only I had caught that fly ball in the 9th inning, we would have won the game.
ü If only I had invested money with that guy who told me about this "Amazon" thing.
ü If only I had watched Dr. Phil more, my marriage would not be such a mess.
ü If only I had listened more carefully to my friend, she might still be with us today.
Life is never lived in the past, but in the present – the here and now. We learn from the past -- we anticipate the future, but we live in the here and now! Don't let the "If only I had factor" harm God's calling for you. The "if only I had" banner ominously hangs in the rafters of our minds, haunting our confidence.
This summer don't live under the shadow of "If only I had" mode. Live for the Lord. Seize those moments in life that God gives you. You are not getting any younger! Make the most of good, sound summer choices. Pray about your summer choices before just jumping into the pool. Know that the real lifeguard -- Jesus -- is always on duty. Have faith in God, in your community, and in yourself.
May this summer's mantra be, "I can do all things -- anything -- through Christ that strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. What will you do for Him this summer?