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Published on Dec 10, 2018
In life, we’re often striving for success, to have that job, that car, that accomplishment. However, when we’re remembered later in history, it won’t be for the things we’ve accumulated but for the mission we pursued and our character behind it. When all is said and done, will it turn out that we missed out on what really mattered?
In this message titled "No Regrets," Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. completes the collection of talks, "Worth Dying For," by providing us with tools on how to live a regret free life. First, he acknowledges that thoughts of regret will occur, but offers that it’s what we do after those thoughts that count. Secondly, to combat regret it’s essential to gain a new perspective, to consider, “It could have been worse.” By following these tips, we can seek learning opportunities in the mistakes and reflect on our past to realize how far we have come through God’s grace.
Through the lives of two men in the Bible, both named Saul, we take a lesson on two distinct ways of living that may or may not result in regret. The first man, King Saul, lived a life of excuses, not owning up to his mistakes. He had no clear conviction and therefore lacked commitment in his calling. The second man, Saul of Tarsus, better known as the Apostle Paul, held nothing back in his pursuit of sharing the gospel. The Apostle Paul died with no regrets because his life was fueled by his conviction and commitment to his cause. Two men, same name, different legacies. The former’s royal line was cut off, and the latter’s life and writings influenced Christians for centuries.
On Stand Firm Sunday, it is important to remind our community to remain in complete commitment and clear conviction on the cause to which God has called us. He wants us to be purpose driven for the betterment of our city. Together, we can live this life with no reserve, no retreat, and no regrets!