For many individuals, regrets are realized years, or even decades later in life. One may look back on their life and wish they would have spent more time with their family; another may regret having neglected his health for so many years – to his own hurt.
For the child of God, there will be a day when we stand before Him and will instantly have countless regrets. “I should have shared the Gospel with everyone I ever met!”, or “I wasted so much precious time on things that don’t mean anything now.”
King Solomon, in his later, reflective years, gives us the key to living today without regrets. That key is the phrase, “under the sun.” Used 29 times in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon concludes that if a person’s desires and motives are focused on this present life on earth (which is under the sun), then he will have indeed wasted his life – it was all vanity. Vanity, from the Hebrew hebel, basically means “emptiness.” Everything done for this world, will pass away with this world, 1 John 2:17
“Regrets usually stem from our words, our actions,
missed opportunities, and time mis-appropriated.”
To avoid having regrets in our lives, moving forward, the solution is to center our affections and motives above the sun (unto Heaven, above the world), seeking first His kingdom, His righteousness and His will. Those things which are done above are what impacts eternity. First Corinthians 10:31 instructs us, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
This includes everything we do in obedience to God and His Word. Reaching the lost for Christ (Matt. 28:19-20), loving our neighbors (Matt. 22:39) and transferring our earthly treasures for heavenly treasures (Matt. 6:20). Even spending time with our families, modeling a genuine walk with Christ for them; these are all acts that we are rewarded for, and hope to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Today, we can purpose to make our thoughts and our actions count, not for this world which will pass away, but count for eternity. No regrets there!