Thursday, March 21, 2013

fear and regret

I think most people would agree with me that a common fear is to live with regrets.
Maybe a person is nearing the end of his life here on earth and he regrets never going skydiving. 
Maybe a person is nearing the end of her life and she regrets never going to nursing school.
Maybe a couple regrets never traveling the world before starting a family.
I have secret that will insure that you will never have regrets...

In class, this past Tuesday, something the speaker said really stood out to me.
I thought I would share it with you.
Really ponder it.
Here it goes...

"You will never regret when you live by faith.
You will regret when you live by fear."
Go on ahead and read it one more time.

I have never thought of that way.
Have you?
If we live by faith, believing and obeying God's will...we will never regret.
You can't regret God's work.
He has a plan for your life and it's better than any plan you that you will ever come up with.
So you can trust that if you follow His will, your purpose in life will be fulfilled, God's glory will be revealed and you will live with no regrets.

If we live by fear, we will have regrets. No doubt.
On a surface level, if you really have the desire to skydive, but you're scared to follow through so you don't do will regret that at the end of your life.
On a deeper level, if you feel called to go overseas to spread the Gospel and you don't because you're will regret it. 

Living by faith isn't always easy. Putting aside your control and letting God have control can be pretty hard for us, humans. However, if living by faith gets hard, but you stick with it, God will surely give you joy in return. Sticking with it, is the key. 

Oswald Chambers says in his book, "My Utmost for His Highest", " Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them. Let's apply that to our own circumstances. The things we try to avoid and fight against-tribulation, suffering, and persecution- are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. 'We are more than conquerors through Him' 'in all these things'; not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. A saint doesn't know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it. Paul said, "I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation" (2 Corinthians 7:4). 

So it's rather simple, if you push past your fears and live by faith, you will live a life with zero regrets. You may not completely understand at times, but living by faith will create a regret-less life filled with abundant joy.

Which will you choose - fear or faith?

Don't forget to pray for the unreached people group of the day!

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