Life for most can take many different paths. I’ve spoken with people who are bitter and angry because their life didn’t go the way they had hoped. For some reason or another, they felt or thought they should be happier, healthier, wealthier, or more advanced. You know as well as I do that life seldom turns out the way “we plan it”. Time goes by and before you realize it, days turn to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years. Each day comes and goes like the air coming and going through our lungs. I cannot recall what I did two weeks ago anymore than I can recall each breathe. Similarly we take for granted each day just as we do each breathe.
At the end of our time on earth it would be nice if we had no regrets. Now, I would be dishonest if I told you that I would not want more for my wife and children. It’s my opinion that most parents, especially dads want to provide to the fullest for their family. The “things” of this world will fade or rust away. If you don’t believe that, just go to the landfill one day and glance around at all the “things” people have thrown away because they were broken, rusted, or inoperable. Some of these “things” cost a lot of money. The only thing I am interested in is loving others and leaving this world with no regrets.
Charles Swindoll has said, “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Reacting is not often my best look. However, if I choose to respond in love, I find there are no regrets waiting ahead. Mr. Swindoll is correct with his ratio. Life throws curves, change ups, knucklers, and fastballs each day. It is our responsibility to respond accordingly. The only way is to ask ourselves, “what would Jesus do” at this very moment. Charles Sheldon brought this thought to us in his book “In His Steps” years ago.
Casting Crowns is one of my favorite Christian groups. I love the lyrics of their song titled, “Only Jesus”. In particular this verse.
Did I live the truth to the ones I loveCasting Crowns ~ Only Jesus
Was my life the proof that there is only One
Whose name will last forever
A pastor on the left coast said in a book a few years back, “it is not about you, it is about Jesus.” This is the absolute truth. Life is all about relationships. We have them from the day we enter this world. However, there is only one relationship that should matter the most, and that is our relationship to Jesus Christ.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.John 13:34