Failure is Better than Regret
I read an article by painter and writer Sofo Archon on the question, “Where Our Biggest Regrets Come From.” As far as Sofo is concerned, if you don’t want to end up full of regrets, you need to change the way you live. You can start by assessing your life with an honest perspective. One thing you really need to determine is this: “Do I live in such a way that it makes me feel satisfied?” If you cannot answer “Yes,” then provide the answer for yourself of what it would take for you to live in such a way that it will fill your heart with joy and contentment. And whatever that is, you must resolve in your heart and mind to go for it with all your energy.
But once you start proceeding toward that goal, be prepared to encounter and endure a lot of adversities and hardships, and you might make a lot of mistakes along your journey and do somethings over once or twice to get it right. But no matter how painful that is or how many redos you encounter, keep going, being aware that giving up is the only true failure in life, and one that brings the most regret.
Of course, for a Christian, all these same factors come into play when seeking to live for God in such a way that it brings us His peace and joy. Jesus was asked a similar question by a young man who had been very successful in life. But apparently success and financial security were not enough, it didn’t take away the uncertainty of whether or not his destiny was part of the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ answer was plain and simple: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Then Jesus added, this will help you to love others as much as you love yourself.1
This was in harmony with what our Lord had told His audience in His Sermon on the Mount, that we should first of all want to be part of the kingdom of God and become right with Him. When we do this, Jesus said, all the other things we need to be content in our souls will be added to our lives by God as He sees fit. Not in according to our timetable, but in His time.
So that brings up the critical question, “What must I do to seek God’s kingdom to show that I love my God with all my being?” The Apostle Paul gives us at least two things to think of so that we don’t look back on our Christian journey with regret. First he says, remember, you were bought with a price, so use your body, heart, mind, talent, ability – your everything, to bring glory to God.2 And then Paul says elsewhere, that whatever we use our body, heart, mind, talent, and ability to do, whether it’s something we say or something we do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus.3 This will be your way of thanking God for what He’s done for you. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Matthew 22:37-39
2 1 Corinthians 6:20
3 Colossians 3:17