I wonder whether you have any regrets in your life – things that you’ve said or done that on reflection you would do differently given the chance? I certainly have but, sadly, it can often be too late to undo things. It’s certainly not possible to turn the clock back and start again. If you’re like me, it’s easy to look back into our past and have regrets about some of the choices we’ve made, the words that we’ve spoken, the friends that we’ve let down and so on. It would be wonderful to live a life with no regrets, and to go to our graves with the satisfaction of having lived a good full life instead of thinking “What if?”
To live a life with no regrets, we have to learn what is important in life.
In the Bible, the Book of Ecclesiastes says, “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under the sun?”
It’s important to understand that those words are not saying that there’s no point in working to pay our way and that we should live on handouts and state benefits.
The reading is in fact telling us that no matter how big our house, how flash our car, and how big our bank balance, eventually they become meaningless, worthless, that’s a sobering thought. So, here are the questions; What are you living for? What is your priority in life? Does God have a place in it?
In the Bible there is the story of a rich man who went to Jesus and asked him what he must do to have eternal life. Jesus replied that the rich man needed to sell everything that he owned and give the money to the poor. The story tells us that the man went away sad because he couldn’t do what was asked of him. What he did was to put his riches, the things of today, before the eternal riches of everlasting life.
Whilst he had all that he needed materially to live a life of luxury, he didn’t realise that his riches counted for nothing in his next life; a typical example of the saying that you can’t take your wealth with you when you pass into the next world.
I’ve always believed that we should live our life to the full so that as we approach the end of our life here on Earth we have as few regrets as possible; to do that we need to prioritise and learn the real value of things.