Two Powerful Words – “What if…”

I remember times when I was “younger so much younger than today…” (cue Beatles song – sorry, I digress). There were times as a child when I would hang out with friends and we would talk of great adventures. We dreamed of time machines that would carry us backward and forward. We imagined what it would be like to push a button and have the room where in completely change around us as walls slid away and others rotated in. We would think about how cool it would be to have our own flying vehicle (shape and type changed depending on the day). That vehicle would allow us to go places faster and see things from a new perspective.

“What if…”

Two very powerful words we rarely hear uttered these days – especially in the church. But how great would it be to throw open the doors of our imagination and dream about new ways and new possibilities and new perspectives? I think we need to recapture our sense of imagination.

I saw this recently posted in the “Twitterverse” recently:

“Logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere”
Albert Einstein

I took notice of the quote because I have been captivated by the idea of reigniting our imaginations in regard to leading and being the church. Most books I read and training sessions I attend don’t mention imagination as a skill to develop or a gift to be utilized. There are processes and steps and concepts – all of which are usually quite logical. Maybe Einstein is right – those things will move us down the road, but they’ll never give us what we need to forge a new path.

But, there’s a catch. Imagining new possibilities puts old processes at risk. Thinking of new ways to do things means the letting go of the old ways – the way we’ve always done it. It also usually means moving away from what is familiar and known. It means risking failure because we have no idea if our homemade personal flying machine will ever get off the ground or how long it will stay in the air if it does.

Using our imagination can be messy. It can be disconcerting because there is no manual to tell you how, no help desk to email, to tech support to call. Using our imagination to consider ways of living out our faith and our call as disciples would mean having to trust in something other than ourselves, something other than the way we’ve always done it. I guess it would mean having to trust the only one who can be trusted with our dreams and our musings – the God who created us to be creative.

I am meeting with leaders tonight and tomorrow. One of the questions, maybe THE question I will ask is –

“What if…”

But right now, I simply ask you – What if… you could create the future you wanted? What if… you could do things a new way? What if… you let your imagination run wild – what would you dream up?

I’d love to hear your dreams and thoughts. Leave a comment and let me know.

Holy high-five to you,


One response to “Two Powerful Words – “What if…”

  1. Quite often I ask the leading question of staff and program meetings….”What would happen if we……..then fill in the blank. Imagination….great word and a great exercise……..

    What would happen if we really trusted God more…what would we do?

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