If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently? This was aquestion posed to a group of 50, all aged over 95. Overwhelmingly, three answers appeared, these were: I would reflect more: I would risk more and I would do more things that left a lasting impact after I die.
They say the things you regret most in life aren’t the things that you do, but the things that you don’t do.
Living a boring life is easy, all you have to do is never take any risks.
I recently overheard someone saying that they had got every job that they had interviewed for. I’m sure that they were proud of them-self, but honestly, I’m left wondering if that’s because they never took a chance. They never applied for a job they weren’t certain that they could get, they never risked anything.
In my life I have met people who honestly believed they’d had a day if they just travelled two stops on the bus. People who had never been to our capital city, people who had never pushed themselves in any way. I could not imagine living a life like that and yet some people choose to. But why?
Are they scared? Probably. But I guess that there scared levels are just a little bit lower than mine. That’s all. Yes I have lived in towns all over the country, pushed myself in lots of ways, but still, there are risks that I haven’t been willing to take.
My husband left his home country aged twenty for the chance to in the London Fire brigade. He wasn’t even guaranteed the job, just a chance to apply, I don’t think that I could have done that. His scared level was obviously higher than mine. But his risk paid of, he got into the London Fire brigade, and more importantly, he met me.
If we want to walk on water, we have got to be willing to get out of the boat. Peter walked on water, he trusted that Jesus wouldn’t let him down,he stepped out of the boat and walked across the water, until he took his eyes of Jesus ,of course.
If we want to live an exciting life, we need to push past our initial fears, let go of some things, maybe money or security, but most importantly, keep our eyes on Jesus, who knows where he might take us.
Today, I want to. encourage to push past your scared level, what ever that might be, trust in Jesus, and see what happens.
This is the second part of a three part mini-series, why not read the first part: if i had it to live over i would…reflect more. Tomorrow we will be thinking about how we can make a lasting impact after we die.
If you have the time, I would thoroughly recommend listening to this sermon by Tony Campolo: http://tonycampolo.org/if-i-had-to-live-it-over-again/#.VMPrlH6QGrU