What if everything went right?

6 years ago I hit my low point in life.

I had just stepped out of full-time youth ministry, the work I did for 17 years

Had practically nothing in savings, nothing in retirement.

And the clock was ticking to find a new way to provide for my family.

I felt called to the marketplace.

Called to put my talents to use in the world of business.

And I felt that it would be the perfect way to buy back my time.

To be free to serve wherever, and whenever I could…

Without having to accept money from the church in return.

But the problem was…

I was scared!

Everytime I went to start something new…

I’d get overwhelmed with questions like…

What will people think about me?

Do I really have what it takes?

What happens if I get it all wrong?

And especially with my family to think about…

My biggest fear was wondering what would happen if my failures put them in a bind.

Now, I’m far from the only person who deals with this.

Actually I’m pretty sure it happens to all of us when we start something new!

We drown in “what if” questions.

And they hold us back from ever making any progress.

So if you can relate to that…

Here’s what I challenge you to ask yourself:

What if instead… everything went right?

What if everything worked out exactly the way you wanted it to?

Trust me, I know all too well that can be hard to imagine…

But the truth is we have NO idea what’s really on the other side!

I’ll be the first to admit I had no clue what I was doing when I first got started.

I moved from one thing to the next.

It felt like an endless cycle of one step forward, two steps backwards.

So by definition, you could say I “failed” several times.

But here’s the thing.

Once I simply got moving…

I no longer felt like I was “failing”.

And I realized that every step we take, even ones that don’t necessarily work out…

All lead us towards figuring out what does work.

And with that mindset…

You realize you got nothing to lose 🙂

Everything’s an opportunity to learn and move one small step forward.

And while there’s no glamor in making “small” steps…

They always seem to add up faster than we would’ve thought.

And before you know it…

You can stop for a second, turn around, and see how far you’ve come.

Ok, that’s all I have for you today.

Thank you so much for reading.

Blessings Always,

Cory Long

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