The second verse of Frank Sinatra’s famous song “My Way” says, “Regrets. I’ve had a few.” How about you? Do you have regrets? If so, you’re not alone. I certainly have my fair share of regrets. On that note, I did a survey and found these regrets that seem all too common for a LOT of people:
– Sending an email while angry.
– Posting a rant on social media.
– Taking a job just for the money.
– Not seizing an opportunity.
– Stress eating.
– Fear of stepping outside of comfort zone.
– Cheating on your spouse.
– Lying to cover your tracks.
– Putting off a passion or interest.
– Not spending enough time with loved ones.
– Not saying “I love you” enough.
Any of these sound familiar? While they are all different, they also all share something in common. They share the fact that all of these regrettable things are conscious decisions. They are the results of people exercising their Free Will.
Free Will is a coin with two sides. One on side, we get the freedom to make wise, well-intentioned decisions and take action on them. On the other side, we may pursue goals or desires that lead to unwise decisions, where we often act before thinking. This side of the coin leads us to the old saying, “be careful what you ask for… you might get it!” And usually it’s NOT good!
It was God, upon our creation, that gave us this precious GIFT of FREE WILL. Yet, what have we done with this gift? The answer is, both good and bad. We have given millions to help the less fortunate. We have sacrificed what we want for the benefit of someone else. We have spent time with the elderly. And the list of noteworthy and noble deeds goes on and on.
BUT, there is also the exercise of free will in which people succumb to addictions. Where people step on others in order to get ahead in life. Where people commit murder. The Gift of Free Will is a slippery slope, indeed. But God does not show favorites. He treats us all the same. You see, God gave us the gift of Free Will so that we would CHOOSE to Love Him.
Without free will, we would be no more than puppets on a string. It wouldn’t matter whether or not we were loved, because there would be no attraction. Most people don’t want to be told what to do, much less be forced into a love relationship. That would be meaningless, right?
If we want our relationships to mean something, then they must have value. If they have value, then they are worth pursuing. If they are worth pursuing, then we must CHOOSE to pursue.
So, what are you in pursuit of? What is of most value to you? What are the most important things in life that you CHOOSE to do, CHOOSE to say, CHOOSE to BE?
Between all seven billion people on this planet – the good and the bad – GOD CHOSE to level the playing field by sending His Son. Sending His Son so that both the good and the bad MIGHT CHOOSE to follow Jesus to the Father, through the exercise of our own Free Will.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).
We get too wrapped up in our arguments over the concept of Free Will. Free Will only gets us so far in this world. But in God’s world, Free Will gets us all the way. THAT aspect of Free Will – the freedom to choose Him – is really what this life is all about. So my last question is, what are we doing to demonstrate that we have CHOSEN WISELY? Don’t settle for eternal regret. Choose wisely.
God bless you all, and we hope to see you Sunday!
— Pastor David McCall