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What if…we could turn back time?

by | Jul 25, 2011 | , , , , , | What If... | 2 comments

Michael lifted the envelope out of the box from under his bed and gasped at the familiar handwriting. He didn’t remember writing anything, let alone placing it here in this hiding spot. How is this possible?

He ran his fingers over each letter of his name “Michael Phillip Smith” written in black ink. He turned the envelope over a few times as if trying to decide whether or not to look inside. What did I write? And when?

Curious, he tugged at the seal and tore it open. He pulled out the white sheet of paper and unfolded it slowly.

Dear Mike,

Yes, it’s me writing me, I mean you. I’m sure you’re probably confused as to how this is possible. Just believe it.

I’m writing to tell you a few things I’ve learned throughout the years. Things you should know now…

The paper slipped through Michael’s fingers and fell to the floor. He rubbed his forehead and eyed the letter from the future. Could he believe it?

After staring at it for a few minutes, he shrugged his shoulders, picked it up, and began to read.

We’ve all heard the expression “hindsight is twenty-twenty,” but have you ever wondered what it would be like to turn back time? I have.

This blog is inspired by the song “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley. For those non-country fans, it’s about a young teen reading a letter he wrote to himself explaining certain events in his life. Every time I hear it, it makes me wonder…what if. What if we could send ourselves a letter through time to warn us of the mistakes we’ve made, so we wouldn’t make them? Or, what if we could tell ourselves to savour certain times in our lives? Times we knew would be gone like a vapour in the wind?

Would we do things differently if we knew?


However, how would we learn without any mistakes? If we knew how to avoid an upcoming trial in our lives, how would we grow? Would our faith become stagnant if we knew what was around the corner?

What would I change if I had the chance? Good question, but it’s one that makes me think about today and how God wants me to spend it. I want to live my life for Him, giving over every aspect to the One who knows the future.

My past made me who I am today and who I will be in the future.

My letter would be to tell myself to savour every moment with my family and always be at the feet of Jesus.

What would yours say?

At Your Feet(written by Mark Hall and Jason Ingram)

Here at Your feet, I lay my past down

My wanderings, all my mistakes down

And I am free

Here at Your feet, I lay this day down

Not in my strength but in Yours I’ve found

All I need, You’re all I need.

Jesus, Jesus, at Your feet

Oh, to dwell and never leave

Jesus, Jesus, at Your feet

There is nowhere else for me

Here at Your feet, I lay my future down

All of my dreams, I give to You now

And I find peace, I find peace

Here at Your feet, I lay this day down

For You my King, You’re all I want now

And my soul sings

Here at Your feet.


  1. susan steeves

    Hey Dar,
    This does challenge me to definitely reflect.More importantly to try to continually live at “Jesus Feet” Love ya Sue

  2. Stephanie

    I love the song “Letter to Me.”

    There are “mistakes” I would go back and rectify if I could. But I’m glad I can’t because I don’t know how many good things I’d erase from today if I changed yesterday.

    Thanks for your encouragement to stay at Jesus’ feet. It’s right where we need to be.

    Bless you, my friend.


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