As a washed up old athlete I have many. As I look back to my younger days I wish I would have worked harder and smarter on my basketball game. I had a decent amount of success going on natural ability (motor skills and athleticism) and simply playing a ton of pick-up ball… but a very small window of my development was committed to serious skills and physical training. It makes me still question how good I could have been? It makes me realize I wasn’t near as committed as I thought I was at the time… I look back and realize I blew it… I was a stupid, arrogant kid! (Does that sound harsh?)
As a believer, I want to live without regrets as well. I know there are times when I slack on my quiet time or prayer time… or maybe miss (or even skip) an opportunity to serve someone. Those things lead to regret!
Proverbs 30 shares about another who had regrets, Agur the son of Jakeh. He had apparently realized as he got older that he had ignored the things of the Lord that were being taught to him. And in verse 2 he claims, “Surely I am more stupid than any many, and do not have the understanding of a man.” (Does that sound harsh?) He goes on to share that he was starting to get a grasp of how incredible God is, but he definitely had regrets.
All of this to challenge us this week to make sure we are getting to know the Lord more (gaining wisdom) and looking for opportunities to serve Him more by serving others. It is time to truly look at our commitment levels! Are we difference-makers? Let’s not be stupid…