- What would life look like for us if each day our prayer was “God let them see you when they see me? Help me to love equally and fully.” Can you imagine? I think it would change our view of everyone we encountered. Loving without judgment or an agenda would change the world.
- What if, as Christians, we leaned in with love when someone made a mistake, instead of backing away for fear of tarnishing our “ Christian image?” Jesus didn’t worry about being guilty by association, so why should we? (Matthew 9: 9-13)
- What if we as followers of Christ were truly slow to anger? Imagine the situations we could avoid if we would just take a breath before we react. (James 1:19) (Matthew 5:9)
- What if we trusted God in the midst of being burned out physically, mentally and spiritually? There have been many times that I’ve found myself exhausted and out of gas. My prayer is always simply “God I am not strong right now and I can’t do this without your help.” Somehow after that I find a little more strength to keep moving forward. (Isaiah 40:28-31) (Isaiah 58:11)
- What if we remembered to stop and say “Thank You Lord?” An attitude of gratefulness can change your outlook on life. (Ephesians 5:20)
- What if as Christians we acknowledge that we are NOT God and have no right to sit in judgment of anyone? I’ll admit that I’ve done it. I’ve judged people for coming to church dressed or not dressed a certain way. It never dawned on me that perhaps I should celebrate the fact that they came through the doors. I didn’t think about the courage it may have taken them to take that step. It’s not just in church that we judge, it’s everywhere. We even judge people because they’ve taken a risk to pursue a life long dream. Maybe we do that because we are too afraid to take that chance ourselves. I could go on and on but I’ll stop here. (James 4:11-12)
- What if as Christians we stopped pretending that everything is fine when it is not? Isolation kills. (James 5:13-16)
- What if we understood that even though we are imperfect, God still loves us and nothing can separate from His love? (Romans 8:31-39)
- What if we as followers of Christ stopped being so nasty to each other on social media every time a new political topic or election happens? How many times have we let our emotions get the best of us as we lambast someone on the other side of what we believe? Did we really accomplish anything other than adding fuel to the fire? These are the very moments that we have to remember that we are being watched by the world. I’m not saying a healthy debate is not warranted from time to time, but we all know the difference. We can’t preach Jesus on Sunday and tweet hate on Monday. (James 1:26-27)
10. What if we acknowledged the janitor with the same respect we give the CEO? Different jobs but both are very important and both warrant respect. It doesn’t hurt to give someone a smile or a hello. (Philippians 2:3)
11. What if our faith was like this? (Luke 7: 1-9) (read it ;-))
12. What if we really prayed for people every time we said we were going to? I believe that most of us mean it when we say it but sometimes we forget. We are human and it happens. Just imagine if we took a few seconds to pray at the moment we said we would? (James 5:15)
13. What if we didn’t announce every good deed we’ve performed to the world? I am one of those people who talk about charities I love on social media and I don’t think its anything wrong with that if it helps to bring awareness and more help to the cause. If I do something for a friend I definitely don’t need to announce it to the world.
14. What if we dropped all of our titles and just became servants? (Mark 10:45) (Philippians 2:5-11)
15. What if we desired giving forgiveness just as much as we desire receiving it? (Matthew 6:14)
(Matthew 18: 21-35)
16. What if sometimes we just listened and stopped trying to be right all of the time? (Proverbs 12:15)
17. What if we admit it when we are wrong and apologize? (James 5:16)
18. What if we stopped turning a blind eye to suffering and actually showed real compassion? (Luke 10:30-37)
19. What if we actually read the Bible for ourselves instead of just blindly following what someone else says? (Matthew 7:15)
20. What if we remembered that our ultimate goal as Christians is to one day live for eternity with Jesus in Heaven? (Philippians 2:20) (Matthew 7:21-28)
What would happen if we thought about these 20 questions every day? I wrote these questions as a reminder to myself that I can be better. I can love better. Writing this blog has helped me to stop and think about my behavior. What message am I giving off? How am I treating people? This blog is not meant to make us feel guilty; it’s meant to show us that we have the room to make a positive impact on the world just by making different choices. I hope you will find it helpful.
Chinua Hawk is an Atlanta based singer/songwriter who, over a span of almost two decades, has produced five albums, including his latest 2013 offering,Waiting on Christmas. In addition to his offerings as an independent artist, Hawk has recorded with Talib Kweli and Kanye West, written songs with Wyclef Jean, and performed live with Celine Dion. Despite the success he has experienced, Hawk realizes that his platform is ultimately about helping others.
“My music is about real life, it’s about encouraging people. It’s about what my Creator placed in my heart from a small child to achieve.”-Chinua Hawk