Worst case scenario

“Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome” (Acts 23:11 KJV).

On occasion during marital counseling, I ask couples to play a little game. There are no pieces or boards or fake money. It’s a game called “worst case scenario.”

In the passion of the moment, couples are often unable to see the path they are on, and where it is going to lead. We visualize it together and then discuss whether that is a place they’d like to see themselves in six months, a year, or even five years.

Sometimes this is effective, sometimes not so much. My purpose in this article is not to explore the effectiveness of this tactic. It is to say that once we explore the worst case scenarios, it opens our eyes not only to the possibilities of the future, but it helps to diminish the scale of the present problems. Used at the right time and with the right people, it can make the present problems seem much smaller, more manageable, and the long-term goal of staying together more attainable.

Likewise, Christians have been shown the “worst case scenario.” The final outcome of the battle between God and his enemies is already known. God has allowed us to peek into the back-of-the-book, so to speak. Through his revelation, we learn that no matter how bad the situation ever looks in the present, ultimately, God wins, and brings his children along for the victory because of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53-57; 2 Corinthians 2:14).

That should make our daily problems seem much smaller, and more manageable.

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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