The Worst Thing That Happens

If this is the worst thing that happens, it’s been a good day.

In 1997, I donated a kidney to my youngest sister. Afterwards, I had a severe allergic reaction and almost died. As a result, my outlook on many things changed permanently.

First, I decided I never again wanted to come that close to death and wonder who would win the fight for my soul. So I committed my life wholly in service to Jesus Christ, my chosen Lord. I live by Job 13:15 — it is my motto.

Second, I released my will and decided to follow God’s plan for my life. Up until this point, I’d made decisions based on my wants, without considering what my Creator desired.

Third, I realized that many things I worried about were not life-altering. Though I don’t do it perfectly, when stressful events rain like a deluge from blackened skies, I try to ask myself, “Is this the worst thing that could happen today?”

If the answer is no, then I follow with, “Is it worth sacrificing my health for?”

If this also answers, “No,” then I try to let negative emotions over the situation go.

I wish I could report 100% success in this area, but I would be dishonest if I did. However, by measuring crisis against these questions, I find most things are not the worst thing that could happen in any day. Life is sweeter when I focus my attention on positive outcomes.

Have you ever gotten a dramatic wake-up call?


With my beautiful sister on her wedding day. (I’m the tall one.)

Psalm 31:24 (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website or email


2 responses to this post.

  1. Anita, beautiful picture, beautiful message…I want to remember this: “Is this the worst thing that could happen today?” You always inspire me, make me think. Thanks!


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