Reluctance: Missed Opportunities
Are you one of those people that say that you have no regrets? Do you proclaim it and even boast about it? Has every single moment of your life really been devoted to the mission of meaning that you are striving for? I’m not sure that all of my moments have been sold out to what I desire to live by, but I believe that I am on the right track.
Life is filled with tons of moments that we wish we could get back. Whether or not you consider these to be regretful times is really dependent upon your definition of success, regrets, and waste. When I miss the mark, I wish I could have those times back to do over and inject some excellence and life into the situation. There isn’t a day that goes by where I waste a moment or do something unworthy of the cause of life. I have tons of regrets, but I am also glad that I have one that is greater than my mistakes and can take the lowest of times and use it for His incredible and awesome glory.
I have been doing a ton of thinking about this subject as of late. How much of my time is really devoted to the things of God and the real deep purposes of life? I can’t put a percentage on it, but I am glad that God’s redemptive hand is all over my life. This is all I can think about when I live with the wonder of how much time I have wasted and the missed opportunities that I have blown. The number is astronomical, however, His grace and love are never-ending! What Satan has intended to use for evil and distract us from purpose-filled living, God has brought His redeeming power into our situations and uses it for His awesome glory.
The thing that we all have to remember is that His grace is not a license to be the same and keep on going living in sin and wasted moments. His grace is a way of reconciling our past and sin and wasted moments, but it is not to be used to have freedom to simply take advantage of doing whatever we want. We have an opportunity and there is a cost involved in receiving this awesome grace. Thank God for redeemed wasted time and the chance to live life with reconciled regrets without the need of staying in the same place.
I know, it’s difficult. It’s a hard challenge to overcome. I think that it is a lifelong process of learning and using what works in order to understand the precious time that we have in the gift of life. Life is a gift and we can use it to live selfishly or for the sake of the mission and purposes of the Lord and others. The choice is ours. He gives us the way out and the chance to be something greater than we already are. Praise God for this new creation that He allows us and enables us to be!
So… take it and live it. Don’t miss opportunities, including the one right now to have your past regrets redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Now… go get ‘em!