The ‘What If’ Game That Could Make You Happier!

By John Romick

So, I have this mental game I always like to play. I call it the “let’s see how rich you could’ve been” game. I start by saying, “If you would’ve started saving $100 a month when you were 18, by now (at 34 years old), you would have…” I cry a little. 

But I like this game so much that I do it with other stuff. “If at 18 you would’ve started doing crunches, by now you would be a dream of a man for your wife.” Oh, the pain I like to submit myself to.

One day, as I was playing this ruthless game, the Holy Spirit confronted me and said, “You know, if you continue this way, when you’re 50, you will be saying, ‘Oh! If I started saving when I was 34….'”

Say no more, Holy Spirit.

I picked up what he was throwing down. We cannot live frustrated with our lives when most of it results from our previous actions. Read that again.

Now, this is not meant to make us feel bad. I want you to feel inspired after this. It’s a new year; there is no better time to start with new resolutions. But hear me out real quick: success is not built on New Year’s resolutions only; it requires resolve. A resolve that makes you do what is right even when the emotion passes.

So, let’s make this year different. Let’s not just set goals but stick to them. Let’s not just dream about what could have been but work towards what can still be. Let’s resolve to make each day count, invest in our future, and trust that we can achieve the dreams we once thought were out of reach with dedication and perseverance.

As we embark on this journey of resolve, remember that it’s not about being perfect but about progress. Small steps lead to great distances traveled. So, let’s take that first step today and make this year the one where we turn our “could haves” into “did haves.” Success is waiting for us on the other side of determination and commitment.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV): “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

My people, I love you. The best of our lives will be the rest of our lives!

January 1, 2024