“What/Whatever” are very versatile words. Depending upon context and tone they can
mean very different things.

“Whatever” can be the cry of futility or defiance by a person at their wits end. Ever
heard a teenager scream “WHATEVER!”? It can also be an anthem of commitment: “I’ll
do whatever you ask, or it takes.”

“What” functions much the same. Used with malicious intent it can precipitate an
altercation. “What are you going to do about it?” or “What did you say?”
It can also function as a clarifying question. “I’m sorry I didn’t hear you, what did you
say?” I use that one way too much.

My favorite use of “what” is in the form of a challenge and question. Jesus asked two of
John the Baptist’s followers, “What do you want?” or “What are you looking for?” He
answered the question by pretty much saying if you follow Me, you will find
everything you need and want.

May I challenge you with a “What” question?

“What hard thing do you sense God asking you to do in 2024?

Here are some criteria to help you clarify the right kind of hard thing: If God doesn’t
show up it won’t happen. It means you have to work with others. It will involve a
sacrifice of time and/or resources.

So, what will it be? Let’s do hard things together for His glory!