“Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23-24
When was the last time you invited God to take a look at your heart? Has God ever done anything earth-shattering and life-changing in you? Look back for a moment–are there any regrets in the way you have lived your life, spent your time or focused your energies?
In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy Estate, graduated from a Chicago high school a millionaire. His parents gave him a trip around the world. Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe gave Borden a burden for the world’s hurting people. Writing home, he said, “I’m going to give my life to prepare for the mission field.” When he made this decision, he wrote in the back of his Bible two words: No Reserves.
His days in college at Yale University were spent organizing Bible studies and witnessing to classmates. By the time William graduated 1,000 of the 1,300 students were actively involved in one of these studies. Turning down high paying job offers after graduation from Yale University, he entered two more words in his Bible: No Retreats.
Completing studies at Princeton Seminary, Borden sailed for China to work with Muslims, stopping first at Egypt for some preparation. While there he was stricken with cerebral meningitis and died within a month. A waste, you say! Not in God’s plan. In his Bible underneath the words No Reserves and No Retreats, he had written the words No Regrets.
Is there a way we can insure that we have a life without regrets? I believe the key to having a life without regrets is to keep a running inventory on our lives. Take a little time and think about these questions:
When was the last time you THOUGHT about what God was doing in your life?
When was the last time you THANKED God for what He was doing in your life?
When was the last time you THRILLED at sharing what God was doing in your life?
There are literally hundreds of other inventory questions that we could ask ourselves. It is so important to our spiritual health that we take time to examine our lives. Regret is the symptom of an unexamined life.