No Regrets … No What-Ifs
Al lives next door to us.
Al is 87 years old.
He keeps watch over our neighborhood while sitting in his garage.
When we moved in 7 years ago, Al told us that if we didn’t try to make him go to church or talk to him about God, we’d get along great.
Over the years, Jud has gotten to have a couple of Spiritual conversations with Al. He’s gotten to share his books, but mostly we just chat with Al while he’s out watering his plants.
Last week when I went out to grab the mail, Al was putting up Christmas lights … yes, 87 years old and putting up Christmas lights.
Al and I got to talking about me being a teacher a lifetime ago. Al told me he had thought about teaching, but ended up staying in a job that he didn’t really like.
Then Al said something both incredibly sad and inspiring at the same time:
I know your husband’s job is difficult. I can see how busy he is. I know how hard it must be to help so many hurting people … but at least you know his work is important. At least you know it is valuable. At least it has purpose. All I have are regrets and wonder if things could have been different.
And here’s the truth, God could use anyone … ANYone … to accomplish His mission. But He gives me … and He gives you … the honor and privilege of getting to be part of His work.
Is it busy? Yes.
Is it hard? Yes.
Is it sometimes hurtful? Yes.
But it is also:
We get joy in following God’s calling on our lives. No What-Ifs. No regrets.