By Pastor Hartman
Could’a – Should’a – Would’a.
Three unhappy Twins.
Their last name is Regret!
When men talk with men, the conversation will more than likely center around work.
It is no wonder; we get a lot of satisfaction from our jobs. Many times we define ourselves
by our work and accomplishments.
I don’t know how many times in conversation when I mention my military career as an Army Chaplain, I hear regrets. They go like this: “I wished I had stayed in the military. I would not have retired so many years ago, but I didn’t.” Sometimes I hear other say, “I thought about going in the chaplaincy, but I’m too old now.”
Sounds like regrets to me. And the regret I’ve heard from new converts, “I wish I had known about God a long time ago.”
There was a man who was a hard worker, but he had the wrong priorities. Jesus talks about him in Luke 12:16-21:
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do:I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Let’s continue to work. Let’s prioritize. Let’s not waste our lives on our own ambitions. I don’t want to live the rest of my life with regrets. I don’t want The Lord to say to me, “Thou Fool…” I want to hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful Servant.”
Live with no regrets!