Young people seem to live by the mantra, “Why not?”
Sky diving sounds pretty dangerous. Should I do it? “Why not?”
I have a test tomorrow, but I kinda want to stay out all night. Should I do it? “Why not?”
My brother is being really annoying and I want to retaliate. Should I do it? “Why not?”
Above are only a few examples of the mind set most college students seem to have when it comes to reckless happenings. Sometimes, my parents and I will look at the same situation or opportunity and while they ask, “why?”, I wonder, “why not?”.
But, there comes a time when we always seem to ask, and even plead, “why?”. This time is when tough stuff happens. When God asks us to climb a proverbial mountain or leap out of the plane that is our comfort zone, we suddenly become a little too cautious. A break-up, death of a loved one, humongous load of homework, stress, long days at work, you name it; if it’s tough, we plead with God and ask Him what on earth He’s thinking. We come up with stupid excuses like, “God, don’t you love me? If you really loved me, you would let me have this/not make me do this…”. You may be reading this thinking, I never give God that kind of attitude, and I don’t question His love for me.
But we do. The opposite of trust is doubt, so if we’re not trusting God, we’re doubting Him. And when we doubt someone’s ability or intentions, it shows. We start to rely on ourselves and focus on our own abilities. But, think about it: Would you want to jump out of a plane without an instructor far more knowledgeable than you? Would you want to climb a mountain with no way to know if it was safe? No. And, as Christians, we have complete and unlimited access to a God who knows our past, present, future, wants the best for us, and loves us even more than we love ourselves.
It’s much easier said than done. I know this better than anyone. But the next time you’re faced with the mountain or the daring leap, take it; and take it with joy because you’re in good hands. And, refrain from asking, “why”, instead asking, “why not?”.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” –James 1:2-3
“Now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” -Philippians 1:20-21