I’ve never been a fan of tattoos, not even the little ones with pretty flowers. I love flowers, and I realize it’s a personal choice, but why people would mark up their body, in permanent ink no less, is a mystery to me. With that said, I do have some favorite “No Regrets” tattoo fails: “No Ragrets”, “No Regerts”, “No Regets”, and of course, Noregrets.” 😂 That about sums up my opinion of tattoos!
On the serious side of regret, it really isn’t a very pleasant subject. It usually represents a failure of some kind; something we’ve done wrong or something we’ve failed to do. A regret that produces sorrow or leaves you with a sense of remorse. A regret that a window of opportunity has closed.
It’s virtually impossible to live with “no regrets” in our lives, but of all the things in this world that really matter, I think the most important one is where we will spend eternity.
There are few things in life that are more final than death; there are fewer things in life more certain than death. The simple odds are, ten out of ten people die. When people pass away, one of my first thoughts is, were they saved? No matter if I knew them or not, but if I did know them, then it becomes more personal. My thoughts change to, did I ever hear them talk about Christ or did I ever have any faith conversations with them?
I didn’t always think this way. I regret not being more concerned about spiritual matters when I was young. I regret not having faith conversations with people I cared about, who died unexpectedly and at a young age. I regret not really knowing where they’re spending eternity. God has since given me a heart for the lost, and a desire to spread the gospel, but I still deal with regret.
There are umpteen reasons why we don’t share our faith and/or talk about spiritual matters with each other. Being out of God’s will probably covers it pretty well. Fear is also real; fear of failure and not knowing what exactly to say. However, in times when I was afraid but followed through anyway, God countered my fear with His strength; He gave me the words; He calmed my fears.
So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Other reasons include being caught-up in the busyness of life, or thinking that it’s not your job, or maybe we just fail to love people as much as we should. Whatever the situation (or excuse) if you’re a Christian, and you’re not sharing your faith, ask yourself why not. Pray about it. Be prepared and willing to share it with those who are on God’s agenda, not just yours. While I do believe God puts certain people in our lives for a reason, there are many people we may not be unaware of that are part of God’s plan in our lives. Be ready, be available, and make time to be used by God.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastics 3:1
While “Salvation belongs to the Lord.”(Psalm 3:8) God calls Christians to share our faith with everyone and everywhere, including our family and friends. As Christians, we should be having faith convos from time-to-time, or at least at some point in time with those you are closest to. Convos that create gospel sharing opportunities. Convos about what God has done in your life. Convos that help encourage one another in the Lord. Pray for them. Pray for tender hearts. Pray for opportunities and trust in God’s perfect timing.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16