I used to procrastinate about visiting beautiful places in my own country. “Oh, the Underground River won’t go away,” I used to say. It never occurred to me to visit the Rice Terraces, the Hundred Islands… Now that I am abroad, I regret that I didn’t take the time to see these historic and picturesque spots. It’s embarrassing to realize that you’re a stranger to your own country, and that some foreigners know more about your heritage than you do.
Some experiences and people are just there, like, forever, or until the Lord comes again. But there are those that pass you by only once. That’s it. A single encounter and then no more. You forget most of them. But sometimes you realize that it could have been an opportunity for a lifetime of friendship, a business deal, a chance to serve, or a ticket to more learning, and you can’t believe you let them pass by unceremoniously.
We call them LOST OPPORTUNITIES. And you regret.
Since we cannot undo the past, what we can do today is to promise ourselves to be WISER.
God does not randomly choose places and events for us. HE APPOINTS THEM. And so when we view it this way, everything becomes significant.
Every person becomes a teacher.
Every place becomes a classroom.
Every difficulty a chance to become stronger.
And the list can go on and on…
In short, EVERY MOMENT BECOMES GOLD.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
(video about a kid’s dance with life)
There is a spring somewhere in this wilderness. And even if you don’t find it, let your tears become a wellspring for others to drink from.
So savor the moment. Let your eyes feast on the colors of today. Be a hoarder of lessons. This moment is unique.
It might not happen again. Who knows if this is just a pitstop. You might not pass this way again.
Love much. Serve much. Learn much.
And when the time to kiss goodbye comes, even if there’s sadness, there’s rest in your heart.
Remember: regrets are more painful than goodbyes.
“Wherever you are, be all there!
Live to the hilt every situation you believe
to be the will of God.” – Jim Elliot