May I ask you a question? Are the lost in hell crying, “O if I only had not.” Is the problem with regret that it occupies the time we could spend building, learning, serving and discovering? Does God gives you and I countless opportunities to do the right thing?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Years ago I worked as a stock boy at a local grocery store. One of the guys I worked with, Roger, sticks in my memory. Roger always kept a thick wad of papers and pens in his shirt pocket. Everything was tucked neatly into a pocket protector. On the lip of the pocket protector he had written the number 20/20. One day I just had to ask him what that meant. His response was simple. “Hindsight is 20/20. I don’t want to look back on what I could have done; but I’d rather look forward to doing it right like I did the first time;” hard to argue with that logic.
As Christians, it would be equally wise for each of us to imprint those numbers on our hearts as God wants you and I to think forward and not regret backward.
Here’s a story: A man had charge of a drawbridge over a river. As it was, a tall-masted boat came up the river and the captain called up and shouted at the keeper to lift the bridge so he could pass. “No,” said the keeper, “it will soon be train time and I might not get it back.” But the boat captain convinced him that it would take only a very few minutes and that he had plenty of time. Although skeptical, the keeper lifted the bridge for the boat to pass; but before it had been let down the passenger train, arriving early and making about sixty miles an hour, came thundering around the curve. In spite of all that could be done it plunged through the open bridge into the river. The keeper saw the tragic scene and as he heard the cries of the wounded he lost his mind and he was taken to an asylum, where he was heard to cry, “O if I only had not!” All through the dark hours of the night, every night, he can be heard, “O if I only had not.” (Lynn Chafert)
Sometimes I wonder if the lost in hell can be heard crying, “O if I only had not.” The problem with regret is that it occupies the time we could spend building, learning, serving and discovering. God gives you and I countless opportunities to do the right thing. Part of the package, however, is the freedom to choose the wrong thing. Maybe my old friend Roger had it right after all. The only way to avoid regret is make it our daily reminder. It may not be cool to wear it emblazoned on a pocket protector; but, then again, how cool is it to wear regret nailed to our hearts?
We pray. Heavenly Father. You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven. Help us to put regret behind us and hope on the horizon. We rest in your forgiveness and bask in the opportunities that You give us every day. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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