Yesterday, I sat at the bedside of a sweet, dying, Christian woman who will soon be with Jesus. I prayed with her, read Scripture to her, and we talked some. She has been a great encourager to me.
Occasionally, it dawns on me just how short life on this earth really is. I’ve been thinking this morning, "Given what I know today. Given the experiences that I’ve been blessed with. Given the mistakes I’ve made and hopefully learned from. How would I live differently if I could start over?"
If I could start over, I would pay more attention to what God thinks, and less attention to what people think.
If I could start over, I would care less about what people think and more about whether or not I was loving them.
If I could start over, I would share Jesus more often with people who are not Christ-followers. I would spend less time pre-judging whether or not they would be interested.
If I could start over, I would hesitate less and initiate more. At times my momentary hesitation has been rooted in fear and the refusal to risk.
If I could start over, I would try to stay focused on what is authentic and less concerned with keeping outdated and flawed systems maintained.
If I could start over, I would laugh more and complain less. I would pay attention to the beautiful (whether a child’s smile or the ocean at sunrise) and to the moments in life that bring a smile or even laughter.
If I could start over, I would encourage more and find fault less. I would spend more energy looking for the good that is around me.
If I could start over, I would be a more patient Dad. I would not make a big deal out of some things. I would look for more opportunities to really make the most of our short time together.
If I could start over, I would appreciate what I have more and not take for granted God’s gifts. I would appreciate my wife, my children, and my friends.